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ASIAN 263 A: Great Works of Asian Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
ECE 031
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Syllabus Description:


Buddhist Literature: Indian Mahāyāna, Buddhism in China and Japan


The course will explore later Buddhist literature in India, China, and Japan through selected excerpts chosen from biographies, poetry, narratives, meditation manuals, doctrinal treatises, historical accounts, and scholastic texts. After an overview of the life of the Buddha and early Indian Buddhist teachings and practice, we will turn to later Indian Mahāyāna texts and finally to certain Buddhist teachings and practices in China and Japan. In addition to the characteristics of different textual genres, attention will also be given to the themes of textual composition, authorship, audience, transmission, context, and function. Readings include both translations from primary texts and background material, which will situate the topic in historical and cultural context.



Catalog Description: 
Selected major works of Asian literature. Taught on a rotational basis with the literary traditions of China, Japan, India covered in successive years. Content varies depending on specialization and interest of instructor. Primary emphasis on literary values of works and their tradition; attention also given to historical and social contexts and the thought and value systems of the culture involved.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 16, 2020 - 9:50pm