In this course, we will situate major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, and Singapore in the global context to gain new perspectives on the ways we look at Chinese culture. We will examine issues such as alienation, decadence, and cosmopolitanism that are closely associated with urban culture. We will also focus on the global circulation of cultures and discuss the possibilities of conceiving a new cultural geography that will allow us to view the world in a new kind of global spatial order, instead of looking at the world as composed of a body of nations. This new inter- and cross-cultural map will show that a global urban culture has been in the making within the proposed Chinese global cities, and that in fact they share more in common with each other than with the cultures of the state where these cities exist. Literary texts, films, videos and multi-media art works will be examined. All readings are available in English. All films are subtitled. Regular reading assignments and a major research project will be required.
A&S IQ:HUM, LCD:Arch, HUM:Art, HUM:BU, IS:EN, H: