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150125 PS Postsocialist Afterlives of Socialist Performance Culture (M2 LK) (2021S)

Remodelling the Model Works (yangbanxi)

6.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


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max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


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1) Freitag 05.03.09:00 - 10:30
2) 26.03.09:00 - 10:30
3) 23.04.09:00 - 10:30
4) 07.05.09:00 - 10:30
5) 21.05.09:00 - 10:30
6) 04.06.09:00 - 10:30
7). 18.06.09:00 - 10:30

Freitag 05.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 19.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 26.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 16.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 23.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 30.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 07.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 14.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 21.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 28.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 04.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 11.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 18.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 25.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This seminar focuses on the production, cross-media circulation, and contemporary revival of the so-called “model works”, or “model operas” (yangbanxi 样板戏), created in the People’s Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). The original core corpus of five modern Beijing operas, two ballets, and one symphony, officially proclaimed as “models” for music and performance creation in 1967, were subsequently adapted for the screen and prompted the manufacture of an array of related cultural products including graphic novels, photographs, posters, ceramics, and various memorabilia, in addition to an expanded theatrical repertoire between the late 1960s and early-to-mid 1970s. The culture of the model works significantly shaped the collective memory of the socialist nation during the revolutionary decade and beyond, into the postsocialist era. Their legacy, moreover, persists nowadays in various forms of cultural expressions, eliciting complex aesthetic and affective phenomena encompassing critique, parody, fetishism, commoditization, nostalgia, and revival across diverse arts and media. The contemporary adaptation and circulation of these products, both nationally and transnationally, invites, therefore, a critical reconsideration of the meaning and value of cultural manifestations that are too often and too easily dismissed as simple “propaganda”, and a reflection on their continued significance.

The course will begin with a historical contextualization of the model works within Maoist revolutionary culture, before proceeding to examine their creative principles and ideological functions with respect to the politics of class, gender, ethnicity, and international relations during the Cultural Revolution. It will then take The Red Detachment of Women as a case study to examine the mechanisms of production and reproduction of the model works across genres and media in the socialist era along with various contemporary revivals, adaptations, and commentaries. The postsocialist afterlives of the model works will be scrutinized through close analysis of examples selected across the performing, visual, and screen arts (film, dance, theatre, music, installation, video, etc.) as well as popular and material culture.

Methods include contextual lectures by the course leader, reading and discussion of specialist texts and relevant critical literature, text and performance analysis, group and/or individual presentations, and individual written work. With the support of selected audio-visual materials and related scholarship, at the end of the course participants will have increased their knowledge of Chinese arts and culture in the socialist and postsocialist periods and acquired a foundation in theories of social and collective memory and approaches to cross-media and cross-cultural adaptation.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

- Attendance, preparation of seminar materials, peer-feedback, active participation (including online) 15%

- Presentation (reading reports; visual and performance analysis) 20%

- Draft outline of final written paper 20%

- Final written paper 45%

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The seminar is conducted in English. Core viewings such as performance video-recordings, documentaries, and interviews will be made available with subtitles in English, Chinese, or both, and secondary readings in English and Chinese will be provided via the e-learning platform (Moodle). Sinology students who take this seminar should be able to read and analyse Chinese-language texts such as newspaper and magazine articles and excerpts from scholarly books and journal articles. These students are also encouraged to reference Chinese-language sources in the final written paper.

Each seminar session consists of a brief introductory lecture followed by presentations and group discussions. The purpose of the lecture is to contextualise the main topic of the session, whereas the presentation and discussion focus on the materials assigned for independent viewing and reading ahead of each session. Participant should take a collaborative and interactive approach. Regular attendance, preparation of seminar materials, and active participation are essential and count for 15% of the final grade.

A maximum of one unjustified absence (one session) is allowed.

Participants are required to give a presentation that counts for 20% of the final grade. Depending on class size, presentations will be delivered individually or in groups. Those who do not wish to present orally have the option of showing a pre-recorded slideshow or video presentation. Detailed guidelines will be given at the start of the course.

Participants are, furthermore, required to submit a draft outline of the final paper (1-2 pages) with a preliminary bibliography. This element counts for 20% of the final grade.

The final written paper (10-12 pages, excluding bibliography) counts for 45% of the final grade. The paper can either build on the content of the presentation or explore a new topic chosen by the student and agreed with the course leader.

All assignments need to be fulfilled to attain a positive overall grade.
The final written paper must be passed to pass the course, regardless of the partial grades achieved in the other assignments.

Late submission penalties: One full grade will be deducted for each
week (or part of a week) of delay, i.e., up to 1 week: -1, up to 2 weeks: -2, and so forth.




The Red Detachment of Women 《红色娘子军》. Dir. Xie Jin. 1961.

The Red Detachment of Women 《红色娘子军》样板戏舞剧电影. Dir. Pan Wenzhan and Fu Jie. 1970.

Yang Ban Xi: The 8 Model Works. Dir. Yan Ting Yuen. 2005.

Pang Laikwan. The Art of Cloning: Creative Production During China’s Cultural Revolution. London: Verso, 2017.

师永刚 刘琼雄著.《革命样板戏 1960年代的红色歌剧》. 北京: 中国发展出版社, 2012.

*** A detailed syllabus and reading list will be provided on Moodle at the start of the course.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

LK 410

Letzte Änderung: Do 25.02.2021 10:48