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GEC3402 Visualizing China: Culture Modernity and social transformation (1860-2010): Home

Course Description

This course aims to explore the cultural developments and social practice in Modern China from perspective of visual culture. Visual materials, including photographs, films, lithographs, advertisements will take you on “field trips” where you will engage with intellectual and art trends, political culture, the local diversity and the national unity. This course have dual themes: firstly, visual materials will be focused to represent the transformation in political, social and cultural environments of China from late Qing to the twenty- first century, and they will provide stimulating and powerful venues for you to understand China’s significant transitions though modernization. Secondly, visual material will not merely be treated as the reflection of the political and historical situation. The complex relationships among the arts, political developments and historical backgrounds will be discussed in order to address the dynamic reactions during the process of knowledge production.

Recommended Books

A Story of Ruins: Presence and Absence in Chinese Art and Visual Culture

This book studies the idea and image of ruins from China’s antiquity to the present. Wu Hung first examines the absence of ruins in China in earlier times, and then examines the circulation of ideas and images of the ruin between China and the West from the eighteenth century through the end of World War II. Wu Hung then moves to explore images from the mid-twentieth century onwards after the Sino-Japanese War, featuring realistic paintings and drawings of the aftermath of war, political images of the 1960s and state-sponsored art during the Cultural Revolution, and post-Cultural Revolution images. Finally, Wu Hung examines large-scale demolition in Beijing and the artistic responses.


本書致力於通過的晚清畫報的研究,探究與西學東漸的圖像敘事的關系,揭示蘊藏的歷史文化內涵。全書共五章。第壹章探索晚清三種教會讀物,《教會新報》, 《天路歷程土話》和《畫圖新報》。第二章關註《點石齋畫報》的崛起,以及百年來諸多文人學者對這壹盛行十五年的畫報的追摹與懷念。第三章關註晚清科學小說,以飛車形象為中心進行了考察。第四章透視了晚清北京畫報中的女學。第五章再現了晚清畫報對帝京景象的描摹,是晚清社會的真實寫照。





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