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ASIAN 201 A: Literature And Culture Of China: Ancient And Classical

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
LOW 111
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Ping Wang

Syllabus Description:

In this course, students will learn about important ideas from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, and how they shape the concept of a moral person in Asia. Iconic figures will be introduced through literature and film. For example, we will look at Confucius’ teachings by reading the Analects and watch a modern day movie about him. We will discuss the paradox of wen 文 (cultural refinement) and wu 武 (raw power), and the choice an educated person has to make between the word and the sword to solve a problem or resolve a conflict. Additionally, we will explore fascinating questions regarding cultural exchange and knowledge transmission among Asian countries and regions such as, how did an Indian child god become popular in China? how did a Chinese court lady married to a Xiongnu chieftain for peace-making gain eminence in Japan?

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to ancient and classical Chinese literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:50pm