Raise the Red Lantern: Nation, Spectacle and Concubines

Literature Courses
Woman leaning against the railing, by Hu Yongkai (Chinese, b. 1945). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Gift of the Yiqingzhai Collection, 2001.34. Photograph © Asian Art.

Raise the Red Lantern: Nation, Spectacle and Concubines

Instructor: 
Wei Yang Menkus
When: 
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Nov 15 2020.
November 8, 2020
Time: 
November 8 & November 15, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Place: 
Zoom Meeting
Fee: 
$46 per person Society members; $56 per person non-members. Advance registration must be received by the SAA no later than October 30, 2020.


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Discussion of the 1991 film by director Zhang Yimou and the novella on which it is based will be led by Wei Yang Menkus of the University of San Francisco, where she is Program Director for Asian Studies. The two classes will be discussion based and limited to the first 25 people who register.

The novella by Su Tong is available for free from Internet Archive. The movie directed by Zhang Yimou is available to rent from Amazon.

Wei Yang Menkus received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Literature from Yale University. She teaches and researches on Chinese cinema in a global context. Her teaching interests include literary adaptation in Chinese cinema.

A Zoom confirmation email with information on how to join the meetings will be sent to all registered attendees the week of November 2. Even though it is not required by Zoom, we recommend that you download and install Zoom on your computer or mobile device in advance, and set yourself up with a free account.

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