Eddie Huang

 Author: Eddie Huang This course is on minor literatures and films in Chinese, highighting a rich diversity of works by representative Sinophone writers and directors who draw on their heritage to cultivate the critical practice of cross-cultural pollination. It considers the recent emergence of Sinophone discourse around the shifting notions of China as a geopolitical entity and of Chinese culture as part of transnational lived experience. We shall examine theories of Sinophone and Chinese Diaspora around issues of identity performance—gender, racial, national, transnational, translational, and so on. Our main focus will be on artists from a rich diversity of pan Chinese speaking communities, particularly on the ways in which they reinvent traditions to develop new visions of being Chinese along the direction of linguistic innovation and literary imagination. Students need to do 20-minute presentations (up to 5 as a group) on the lives and works of sinophone artists of their choice. They will formulate as a group weekly questions and comments in response to reading materials. A short paper outlining term project with annotated bibliography is due in the sixth week. The final paper should be cogently argued and meticulously documented; it is to turn in at the end of the quarter. Objective: Write a research project on an author or topic related to Sinophone literature in elaborate detail; include at least three outside resources not originating online. Term Paper Guidelines Paper Format: Please consult the latest edition of MLA Style Manual or MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. You may want to visit MLA formatting website at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01 for guidance. Your paper must be typed, double-spaced with one-inch margin on all four sides of the page. Please staple your 5-6 pages of text followed by a works cited page. You should proof-read your writing carefully, making sure that there are no spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes. Paper Content: Your paper must be written in your own words and based on your own research findings; plagiarism, plot summary, or paraphrase of a secondary source will not be tolerated. Please abide the rules as outlined in the UCSD Policy on Academic Integrity published in the UCSD General Catalog. Please write a cogent essay in which you begin by stating a problematic (thesis), then go on to identify author(s) or text(s) you plan to analyze or compare, to examine textual evidence in detail to support your argument, to draw on current scholarships, and to conclude with your critical insights. While important to review major findings in the field, you should demonstrate your critical capacity by engaging the critics and sustaining your own line of arguments between primary and secondary sources.

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