Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT

21F.048J: Images of Asian Women: Dragon Ladies and Lotus Blossoms

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Explores some of the forces and mechanisms through which stereotypes are built and perpetuated. In particular, examines stereotypes associated with Asian women in colonial, nationalist, state-authoritarian, and global/diasporic narratives about gender and power. Students read ethnography, fiction, and history, and view films to examine the politics and circumstances that create and perpetuate the representation of Asian women as dragon ladies, lotus blossoms, despotic tyrants, desexualized servants, and docile subordinates. Students are introduced to debates about Orientalism, gender, and power. Taught in English.

Prereqs:  None

Units: 3-0-9(U)


Same As  21A.141J, WGS.274J


Fall 2013

Section No. Instructor Days Time Room
1 M. Buyandelger W 2-5 66-160


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