CHIN 140
Introduction to Traditional Chinese Literature Fall 2017 Division I; Cross-listed as CHIN140 / COMP140
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With a written record stretching over 3000 years, China’s literary cultures are some of the richest and most varied in human history. Their influence continues to be felt not only in modern China, but also throughout much of the world. This course examines the origins and development of the different literatures of China from their earliest stages up until the end of the imperial system in 1911. We will read texts ranging from the Analects of Confucius to the medieval poetry of the Tang dynasty, from Buddhist sutras to plays about prostitutes and singing girls. An invulnerable monkey god may make an appearance to sow chaos as well. He’s difficult to pin down. Some important themes will include: the role of the individual versus that of the community, responses to catastrophe and disorder, the fantastic, the articulation of the self through literature, and ways of dealing with historical and literary legacies. All readings are in English translation.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 1140
Requirements/Evaluation: five short writing assignments (2 pages each), one paper (6-7-pages), and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
Distributions: Division I;

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