The aim of this course is to analyze the collection of short stories, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, by Yiyun Li. We will also contrast one of the short stories with the film, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.
Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing, China, and came to the United States in 1996. In an interview, Li states: "I have always said that there are two Chinas. The first is a country filled with people. The second is a country controlled by one party. I love the first China but do not love the second." We will read Li's work, watch the film, and try to see how the writer's life is related to her work.
Yiyun Li, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories (2005) Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
Class attendance / assignments / term paper
１．Yiyun Li, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers ２．The first China: A country filled with people like her family and many others ３．The second China: A country made rich from corruption and injustice ４．China today: Li's mixed feelings ５．"A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" (a short story) ６．Mr. Shi, his daughter, and Madam ７．Language and culture ８．Mythology, history, and culture ９．A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (a Wayne Wang film) 10．Interviews 11．Essays 12．Li writing in English: "The most liberating experience" 13．Li, The Vagrants (a novel) 14．A universal portrait of human beings 15．Asian-American poetry
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