“Professor Wang and I aim to highlight ‘Women and Gender’ not only as a valuable academic framework but also as lived experiences, disciplinary tools, and enduring poetics that shape a significant part of Chinese art.”
– Yutong Li, A&A Graduate Student and Co-Instructor
Co-taught by Professor Cheng-hua Wang and graduate student Yutong Li, ART 389 investigates “Women and Gender in Chinese Art.” Women and their associated symbolism are a perpetual presence across a wide range of mediums throughout Chinese art history. Spanning the longue durée from 1200 BCE to the twentieth century, this course focuses on how the production, mediation, and reception of gendered artistic symbols operate in various contexts. It proceeds chronologically and thematically. The instructors intend to incorporate novel formats, such as classroom interviews and VR headsets, in investigating Chinese artworks concerning women and their relevant discourses from the angles of gender politics and identity construction, with a special emphasis on women's agency.