From Bound Feet to 'Half the Sky': Women and Modern China (HIH1024)

15 credits

From women with bound feet in the late nineteenth century to Shanghai’s ‘modern girls’ with bobbed hair in the 1930s, and from the ‘iron girls’ in the Maoist era to today’s Miss China representing new beauty standards and individual values in a global context, this module focuses on the shifting images and roles of women in the fragmented nation-building processes of modern China. Through exploring themes and topics such as ‘women and revolution’, ‘prostitution and modernity’ and ‘women’s body and the state’, this module introduces China’s social, political and cultural development from the late Qing to the present day.