Classes

Topics in Tang Literature: Seminar

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018
This semester’s focus is Tang dynasty’s tales, balancing canonical tales with less well-known ones. Central themes include: 1) the relationship between humans and things; 2) sexuality and romance—especially with the alien kinds; violence; metamorphosis; 3) representations of trauma, nostalgia, and historical memory.

The Splendors of the Medieval Court

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

This course explores medieval Chinese court culture from the fifth through early eighth century (the late Northern and Southern dynasties through the early Tang). This was a period when the court occupied a central position in the cultural life of society and played a role in the empire far beyond political administration.  We will discuss court literature as well as examine multiple facets of aulic life including rituals, behavioral norms,...

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Topics in Early Medieval Literature

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

This semester the topic is a review of the canonical poets of the Six Dynasties from Tao Yuanming to Yu Xin.

East Asian Studies 129. The Worlds of the Three Kingdoms

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013

The period of the “Three Kingdoms” at the turn of the third century was a dangerous and violent time; it is also one of the historical periods that have most inspired the Chinese cultural imagination. For more than a millennium, numerous works, from written to visual, have been produced about the Three Kingdoms, and the trend is only growing stronger in the twenty-first century.  The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a masterpiece of classic Chinese novel, has been widely read and reworked in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, making the fascination with the Three Kingdoms not...

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