• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Chinese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature and Film (CHIN3214)

This course serves two purposes. First, it serves as a Chinese language course between the advanced group stage and the independent research stage, focusing on improving the students' reading and listening comprehension proficiency. Second, it allows a comparative and theoretically informed investigation of the issue of gender and sexuality in Chinese culture from the perspective of cultural studies.

As a Chinese language course, it seeks not only to improve the students' abilities to understand written and oral Chinese but also to deepen their understanding of the Chinese tradition. Crossing the boundaries of traditional and modern, this course begins with a critical survey of the Confucian and Daoist discourses on gender roles and sexuality, followed by dialogical readings of the pre-modern Chinese romantic texts and modern Chinese literary and cinematic texts.

This course will also aim to enable the students to explore the interpretive possibilities of working within a gender framework in the research of a non-western culture. It will introduce students to basic social theories on gender and sexuality, such as the feminist way of reading texts, Michel Foucault's theory on the history of sexuality, the constructionist and discursive interpretation of gender, male gaze and film studies, inter alia, with a special emphasis on the institutional and discursive regulation of gender and sexuality in modern China. It will also help cultivate a consciousness of cultural difference among the students.

Indicative Assessment

(1) two short essays (50%, ie 25% each), (2) one in-class oral presentation (40%), and (3) classroom participation and preparation of in-class readings (10%). One of the two short essays must in Chinese

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Thirty three hours per Semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Song, Geng, The Fragile Scholar: Power and Masculinity in Chinese Culture. Hong Kong University Press, 2004.




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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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