CULTURAL STUDIES: From Romantic Poetry to Taipei Streets

Kate Chiwen Liu 

Office: 124      
Office Hours: M. 9:00-12:00,      
                      F. 9:00-12:00
TEL: 903-1111, ext. 3676       
Class Time: 
 Thurs. 3:40-5:30                                                     Credit: 2
Classroom: 外語大樓 綜B

  • Contemporary Publishing Business: Regulation and Means of Production
  • The Making of the Monster: Identity and Virtual Reality

  • Romantic Love and Quest

  • Pre-Raphaelite Women
  • Contemporary Images of Women

  • Cultural Imperialism, Campus Folksong & Taiwanese Consumer


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I. This course  is designed for those who are interested in      
  • Literary Criticism and/or more trainkng in critical thinking; 
  • the issues of identity in the circuit of culture (see Right);
  • putting literature in a broader cultural context
  • doing Cultural Studies in daily life or in a graduate program. 
II. The scope of Cultural Studies is as broad and variously defined as culture itself.  Almost every discipline in the Humantities can do Cultural Studies.   Even the more clearly defined British Cultural Studies --an academic discipline initiated by the  Birmingham School--covers a wide range of  approaches and concerns from Marxism, Semiotic, Feminism/Gender Studies, to Postmodernism and Postcolonialism.
"circuit of culture" from Culture, Media, Identities Series
III. Doing Cultural Studies in an English Department in Taiwan, this course has the theme of identity as a focus--discussing what certain  identities mean or how they get produced, represented & circulated in literature as well as in culture.  The identities we will examine are:  those of Romantic quest hero, Pre-Raphaelite women, English and Taiwanese [im]migrants.  Taking the above-      
mentioned approaches, we will follow the "travel" of culture from Romanticism to Taipei street and "visit" the following areas:      
  •  Romantic quest narratives; 
  •  Pre-Raphaelite counter-quest narratives; 
  • Modern/Contemporary Taiwanese (im)migrant and cyborg narratives in literature and popular culture
IV. Do these sorts of identities constitute part of Taiwanese, or our, idgntities?  To this question, we will not get a fixed or uniform answer, since both Taiwanese and our personal identities are constantly changing.  What this course hopes to achieve, however, is for ws all to be critically aware of the interactions bevween different texts, or cultural spheres, kn literature as well as our daily life, and, most importantly their effects on the issues of identity.      

V. As a web-assisted coursg, this course offers      

  • vivid materials on the web to assist our reading of literature,
  • spaces for interactions among us
  • guidance for  explorkng the literary/theoretical sites on the web.

  • * Please read the general instructions on how to use the web materials. 

      Tentative Syllabus
    1. 9/18 Introduction: cultural studies, culture and identity  R.1* "Cultural studies: an introd."
     * the Cultural Studies Reader
    Marxist approach:      
    ideology, production and regulation 
    Romantic (Victoricn) Quest--'Wordsworth, Keats,  Tennyson, Mary Shelly 
    2. 9/25
    Marxist theories of production, regulation and    ideology R.2
    poems from Lyrical Ballads and its preface
    3. 10/2
  • Romantic quest narratives
  • "The Eve of St. Agnes"; 
    "Ode to Psyche"
    4. 10/9
  • high art vs. popular culture: Culture industry R.3
  • "Lady of Shallot," Frankenstein
    5. 10/16; 10/23; 30
  • Culture Talk: kmages of Frankenstein's monster, 

  •   1. Frankenstein, 2. Romantic Passion,      
      3. Contemporary Publishing Business
    Representation & Semiotic Approach: encoding and decoding       
    Feminist Approach: image of woman 
    Pre-Raphaelite paintkng cnd poetry 
    6. 11/6
  • structuralism, semiotics R.4 "The Work of Representation" (1-3)
  • Pre-Raphaelite Women in paintings
    7. 11/13 
  • Semiotics: practice --music video, commercials, & ads 
  • John Berger's Ways of Seeing (& psychoanalytic feminism)
  • D. G. Rossetti's painting and poetry
    8. 11/20
  • Ways of Seeing: practice--PR paintings, ads, etc.
  • discourse/power (Foucault)"R.4 (4-5)
  • 9. 11/27
  • C. Rossetti: passivity or feminist? 
  • Culture Talk: subject, power and visual culture
  • paper proposal due
  • Christina Rossetti
    10. 12/4
  • C. Rossetti: passivity or feminist? 
  • Culture Talk: 

  • 1. from Romantic Quest to Pre-Raphaelite Women, to images of Taiwanese women      
    2. cultural imperialism and Taiwanese consumption
    Christina Rossetti "Goblin Market"


    Postcolonial/Postmodern Approaches to Identities 

    (im)migrant & cyborg identitigs in Taiwanese culture
     11. 12/11  Taiwanese poets, campus folk songs and (im)migration      
    Modernity, postmodernity; & immigrant identies
    poems by  余光中;(Cf. 陳黎)      
    campus folk songs
    12. 12/18
     globalization as cultural imperialism?      
    cyborg and imigrant identities
    平路 's 《禁書啟示錄》
    13. 12/25
    14. 1/ 1
    17. 1/8
  • Consumption Introd.
  • Frith "Why do songs have words?" 
  • Culture Talk & conclusion
    18. 1/15
    Final Exam
    TEXTBOOKS: Cultural Studies Reader 
    1. Reading before class and active participation in class is essential.  Any late or absence will affect your final grade.   If you have to be late or absent, please let me know beforehand.  Quizzes will be used to check your progress. 
    2. Journan:: one entry every two weeks--20%; (at least one entry in Culture talk)
    3. vwo 4-5-page papers respectively for two sections, and one group report--each 20%
    4. final exam-20% (For group reports, You are encouraged to produce your own homepage.)
    GROUP REPORT:      
    possible topics to be announced.
    General Instructkons on How to Get and Use the Web materials : 網站資訊&;取用及;瑊z 
    1. Do two things at once--In order not to get stuck on the World-Wide-Wait, you can open about three windows at once or read a book, do some writing while waiting.
    1. Bookmark, Save or Print--To avoid wasting time on search for the sites you frequently wse, either set Bookmark to those sites, or save important pages on your diskette, or simply print them out.
      • Bookmark: 在進入該站後,在"Bookmark"項目下選擇"Add Bookmark", 
      • Save the file: 

      • 1.  verbal text: 如有需要轉存網站上的文字, 可在“File”項下選“Save As”項 但會將一些HTML程式一起存入, 將來處理時需要去除這些程式資料。 另外如僅片段文字, 可直接用滑鼠選取再從“Edit”項下選“Copy”, 再轉貼入文書處理軟體中。      
         2. image file: 圖形擷取與利用. 用滑鼠指到該圖案上, 按滑鼠右鍵, 選擇"Save Image As"項, 存入磁片中, 供日後在報告中使用。以MS Word為例, 可在“插入”選單下選擇“圖片”。      
        *To respect internet"wisdom right, don't forget to keep the title & address of  the sites  from which you copy or save any verbal or image files for your own use.       
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