In this course, you will study the Chinese city as the cornerstone of modern Chinese culture. You will investigate the city as the site and symbol of China’s modern transformation, exploring its pre-modern models then probing into the issues of contemporary Chinese urbanisation. You will also examine historical, literary and visual texts that delineate the contested emergence of a modern Chinese urban culture and society, a new structure of feelings and life experiences, as well as the transformation of popular cultural institutions such as the tea house and street life. You will visit the city-country nexus as a politically, socially and culturally important spatial concept in China’s modern development and examine contemporary urbanisation and its impact on culture and society in its framework.
The course is taught in English and the Chinese language will be used for essential references.