Read Chinese Reportage across the Disciplines

ACLS Workshop: Reading Chinese Reportage across the Disciplines
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants 2018

Charles Laughlin and Li Guo
Location: University of Virginia
Reading Chinese Reportage Across the Disciplines

Poster: 2018 ACLS reportage workshop poster version 3 revised(1)-172l72r

This collaborative reading workshop explores reportage narratives in contemporary China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, including travel writings, environmental reportage, nonfiction works, and documentary films. Participants appraise the activist function of the reportage genre, assess its ideological limitations, idiosyncratic constraints and concurrent ethical challenges. The reading sessions of the workshop cross-examine literary reportage and documentary cinematography, focusing on the textualization of real life images, and the visualization of texts narrating real people and events. Ultimately, the workshop evaluates the representations, discourses, and analytical demarcations of the reportage concept, and explore new perspectives on the aesthetics of global reportage.

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