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Cities and the Arts in China

HNRS 2021 Sec. 011 - Spring 2023

Assistant Professor William Ma School of Art

Tu Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
220 French House

How does one know a city? What makes different people flock there? Why did it become a hotbed for artistic creativity and innovation? What makes Chinese cities unique in the world? What makes them “Chinese”? This course reflects on these and other questions by focusing on major Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, etc.) and their environs as an interpretive lens to examine issues of urbanism, built environment, artistic creativity, human capitals, both historically and in the present-day. Through exploring changes in city planning, visual and material cultures, and architectures, this course interrogates and reevaluates the Chinese cities within larger theoretical frameworks of Chinese metaphysics, late-imperial ideologies, National and Modernist discourses, cosmopolitanism, commercial workshop practices, political propagandas, gendered spaces, modern designs, post-colonialism, regionalism, and field urbanism.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition