The course focuses on the intersection of language, culture, and society in contemporary China. In particular, it investigates the linguistic construction of social identities based on gender, ethnicity, age, power relation, and other factors, and the linguistic and cultural ideologies that shape language use in China and in the global Chinese diaspora.
At Emory the instruction and assignments will be in English, but Chinese language proficiency at the intermediate level or above is required to fully understand the linguistic material. The course prerequisite is a minimum two years of Chinese language study.
As part of the course at Emory this spring, several well-known scholars in the field will give presentations that will be open to the general public. These will be advertised in Events once finalized.