Cosmopolitan Imaginations in Literature, Arts and Social Thought

This course offers students an opportunity to focus on the cosmopolitan spirit and the variable forms of global awareness that have constituted the core attributes of leaders of world affairs. The first portion of the course takes on the contemporary rise of cosmopolitan imagination in Chinese literature, arts and social thought, a dynamic recurrence of historical Chinese them with specific contemporary cultural features and worldwide ramifications. The second portion will compare the contemporary Chinese case with its U.S. counterpart including the recent debates on the topic of American cosmopolitanisms. The third concluding portion is a three-way dialogue with a particular European legacy of cosmopolitan literature, arts and social thought from early modern period to the end of the two world wars.

Applicable TowardsConcentration
Department Schwarzman Scholars
Credits 3
FacultyProfessor YAN Haiping