File spoon-archives/phillitcrit.archive/phillitcrit_1998/phillitcrit.9806, message 25

Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 14:18:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: PLC: re:China?

On Fri, 12 Jun 1998, Gao wrote:

> Hi,I cannot give an answer to such a general question. But if you have more
> concrete questions, and, if you come to Beijing in the end, maybe I can help
> you in certain aspects.My subject is aesthetics in a comparative point of
> view.
Dear Jianping,

I do have a fes specific questions.  I am tempted to ask them
privately, so as not to clutter public space with personal issues, but
there could be other interested students out there so I will continue this
thread on the list.  Those not interested can just delete the "China?"

My first question is--is there much interest in China in American
literature and culture, such that Chinese universities would be glad to
hire Americans to teach these subjects.  Or is China much like Germany,
which keeps its academic posts for Germans, though allowing
occasional guest professors to come and teach in their specialty?  

Second, how are these subjects taught in China?  Do Chinese professors
follow Chinese methods, or do they generally reproduce the traditional
U.S. curriculum and teaching methods in whatever space they are alloted
in Chinese universities?  Or is there considerable diversity?  I am
assuming that you have studied English in a Chinese university, and so
have some familiarity with these matters.  (But I am also interested in
aesthetics and would be happy to hear how these issues are worked out in
your field as well.)  

Third, are Chinese depts. of English language and literature (including
American lit.) interested in current trends in these fields?  Are there
places where people are interested in the comparative study of American
and Chinese culture?

One last question, which presumes that you are already familiar with some
Americans who have come to China to teach.  What is it about Chinese
universities that Americans might like to know in advance?  I am thinking
here about differences in institutional organization, the way departments
and fields of study are marked out.  (E.g., courses in American literature
would be taught through a dept. of foreign languages, wouldn't they? Or
would they?)  You are a professor of aesthetics.  In the U.S. that would
likely place you in a philosophy dept.  Is that the case in your
insitution as well?

Well, there are a lot of questions here, and I don't expect you to answer
them all, but I hope you could say a few words about one or two of them.

Thanks much for your response.



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