Anxious megalopolis: Shanghai

Anxious megalopolis: Shanghai. Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies. Special issue: April 2013. 90 p.  En ligne : http://www.princeton.edu/~prjeas/files/VolumeSP1.pdf (Consulté le 14 mars 2014)

The student essays included in this issue were submitted as term papers for the Princeton University  seminar “Anxious Megalopolis: Shanghai’s Urban Cultures (1842-2012),” which took place in the fall of 2012 and included a trip to Shanghai over fall break.
The course was a pedagogical experiment, aimed at bringing together students from several different departments both within and outside the humanities, whether they had chosenWestern or non-Western areas of study. One of its goals was to break away from an increasingly obsolete division into East and West by focusing on a great metropolis that served for decades as a crucible for a vibrant cosmopolitan culture. Shanghai was an ideal laboratory for such a project, as it grew over the centuries to become a bustling port, colonialist beach head, a hub of international commerce in the 1930s, a showcase for the Communist regime, and a major testing ground for contemporary urban culture. As a crucial interface between East and West, Shanghai was a place where stereotypes were forged and discarded, and both national and transnational cultures and counter-cultures flourished.

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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