Greetings seminar participants,
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My presentation tomorrow will be about modern Chinese painting, in particular two artists Xu Beihong and Chang Yu, and the Heavenly Dog Society painting association that they belonged to in Paris in the 1920s. Some of my main concerns:
How to talk about Chang Yu not as aberration from the norm but rather representative of the modernist dilemma about realism, political detachment, and aesthetic radicalism.
My project for the seminar is on "Nationalism in Interwar Germany and China: The Role of Film in Creating National Identity." These are the questions I would like to discuss. You may also want to bring in the class fillms in the discussion.
In keeping with our explorations (and adventures!) in silent film:
In preparation for my presentation today, I've attached a short piece by Lu Xun on translation. The translation is my own, incomplete and riddled with errors, but it should get the point across. I will discuss this piece in conversation with four other, similar essays by Lu Xun, my translations of which are even more embarrassing than the attached. All five essays treat similar themes, though with different emphases.