COMP 219
The Monkey King: Transformation of a Legend
Last Offered Spring 2016
Division I
Cross-listed ASST 220 / COMP 219
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

The devious and irascible Monkey King, born of stone, defying all authority yet compelled to behave by a dubious Buddhist magic, is one of the most beloved figures in Chinese culture. This course will trace the transformation of the Monkey King legend from its origins in early representations of monkeys in folklore and a seventh-century Chinese monk’s arduous journey to India in search of Buddhist learning, through its maturation in the sixteenth century, and into works of the Asian diaspora in the U.S. We will examine textual and visual representations of the Monkey King in popular culture, folklore, and literature, to explore topics including ideas about conformity and individual autonomy, morality and law, and the cultural negotiations necessitated by travel and contact with people (or monkeys) of other civilizations.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 12
Class#: 3995
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 5 short (1-2 page) papers, a mid-term paper (4-5 pages), and a take-home final
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: comparative literature and asian studies majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ASST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASST 220 Division II COMP 219 Division I

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