From “Modern Woman” to “Iron Girl” to “Left-over Woman” (CHI4404.01)

Jingsheng Zhang

This course invites students to explore how the Chinese female has been represented differently from the early 20th century to the present in various literature, films, and visual arts. Students will also investigate the changing historical, social, and cultural contexts that have caused the different representations and misrepresentations of individual and/or collective Chinese female images. By looking at these female (mis)representations in a critical way, students will be able to also understand the changing thoughts and values in different historical periods of Chinese society. Students are encouraged to conduct their own research about Chinese women and present their research to the class at the end of the semester.

Note: this course is entirely remote, and will be held synchronously.

Learning Outcomes:
By end of the term, students will be able to understand, discuss, and critique Chinese female (mis) representations in Chinese in various literature, films, and visual arts in both oral and written Chinese.

Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Prerequisites: This course is for students with three-term of prior experience in Chinese at the college level. Please contact Ginger Lin ( for registration.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W/F, 4:10PM-6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: One time only

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