DRM385Y0 Special Topics: Art and Politics in China

This course offers an examination of the interaction between art and politics in the People’s Republic of China since the 1940s. The dramatic dialogue between politics and artistic creation in China has been the most obscure yet crucial part of constructing socialistic culture within the parameters prescribed by the Chinese Communist Party. This course invites students to conduct a close analysis of Chinese visual and performing arts as social, cultural, and/or political institutions, to investigate the political struggles and intellectual debates that have shaped artistic creation, and to explore a variety of art forms including but not limited to painting, propaganda posters, sculpture, film, dance, music, and theatre.

Prerequisites: DRM100Y1/DRM101Y1/UNI102Y1 or any 4.0 FCE
BR = None
DRM385Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field Trips: Students will visit local museums and theatres as well as the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. These field trips may be supplemented by guest lectures from local scholars on art and politics in China. The cost of these field trips is CAD$60 paid to UofT for entrance fees, tickets and guides. CAD$30 to be paid onsite for local transportation and tips.

Instructor: Xing Fan is Assistant Professor in Asian Theatre and Performance Studies at U of T’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies.  Dr. Fan’s research interests include art and politics in the People’s Republic of China, dramatic and performance theory in Asian theatre, and inter-cultural collaborations.  She has more than ten years of training in Beijing opera and Kun opera acting in China, and received intensive training in Beijing opera acting, Kabuki acting, and Gamelan ensemble at University of Hawai‘i.  Dr. Fan is a winning author of the Emerging Scholars Award hosted by the Association for Asian Performance in 2013, and her manuscript on theatre during China’s Cultural Revolution is under contract with the Hong Kong University Press.

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