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Fall 2012-2013
* ART 459 / ARC 459 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Anxious Megalopolis: Shanghai's Urban Cultures (1842-2012)

Esther Roseli da Costa Azevedo Meyer
Cary Y. Liu


From a small village and market town, Shanghai grew to become a bustling port, colonialist beachhead, hub of international commerce in the 30s, and a major testing ground for contemporary architecture today. As a crucial interface between East and West, this city was a place where national and transnational cultures fought and flourished, and stereotypes were forged and discarded. This seminar will cover the emergence of Shanghai's vibrant urban culture as it evolved into the complex megalopolis of today. There will be a trip to Shanghai over fall break funded by the department.

Sample reading list:
Meng Yue, Shanghai at the Edge of Empires
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Global Shanghai, 1850-2010: a history in fragments
Samuel Y. Liang, Mapping Modernity in Shanghai: Space, Gender, and Visual...
Marie-Claire Bergère, The Golden Age of the Chinese Bourgeoisie, 1911-1937...
Leo Ou-fan Lee, Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture...
Harry den Hartog ed., Shanghai New Towns
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings given in the syllabus every week. They will be asked to make one formal oral presentation on a topic that will then be transformed into the final paper for the class. They will also be assigned short presentations on the weekly discussion topics.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies the modern and East Asian distribution requirement. To fill out the application for this course go to the Dept. of Art and Archeology website:

Reserved Seats:
Juniors Only 7
Seniors Only 6
Seniors Only 8

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22944 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed