ASIA 209
The Literature of Early China Spring 2025
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed CHIN 217 / COMP 211

Class Details

From poems on forbidden trysts and tales of bloody battles to aphorisms about filial piety and essays on moral governance, the literature of early China spans a wide range of topics and genres. In this course we will read, discuss, and write about literary works from the period stretching from approximately 600 BCE to the end of the Han empire in the third century CE, including poems, narratives, and philosophical works. All readings will be in English.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3777
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation is based on writing assignments (1 paragraph, 3-4 pages, 5-6 pages, and 8-10 pages) and participation in class discussions.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Current or prospective majors in the Department of Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; current or prospective majors in Comparative Literature; and current or prospective concentrators in Asian Studies.
Unit Notes: Counts as a core elective for majors in Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
CHIN 217 Division I ASIA 209 Division I COMP 211 Division I
WS Notes: Students will write a series of progressively longer papers, each involving drafting, commenting, and revising.

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