Kang-I Chang

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Malcolm G. Chace '56 Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures
203-432-2865
Address: 
320 York St, Room 306, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Classical Chinese Literature; Women Writers of Traditional China; Comparative Studies of Poetry; Literary Criticism; Gender Studies; Hermeneutics; Cultural Theory/Aesthetics
Region: 
China

Courses

EALL 210, LITR 172

Man and Nature in Chinese Literature

An exploration of man and nature in traditional Chinese literature, with special attention to aesthetic and cultural meanings. Topics include the concept of nature and literature; neo-Taoist self-cultivation; poetry and Zen (Chan) Buddhism; travel in literature; loss, lament, and self-reflection in song lyrics; nature and the supernatural in classical tales; love and allusions to nature; religious pilgrimage and allegory.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: T,Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
EALL 211, LITR 174, WGSS 405

Women and Literature in Traditional China

A study of major women writers in traditional China, as well as representations of women by male authors. The power of women’s writing; women and material culture; women in exile; courtesans; Taoist and Buddhist nuns; widow poets; cross-dressing women; the female body and its metaphors; footbinding; notions of love and death; the aesthetics of illness; women and revolution; poetry clubs; the function of memory in women’s literature; problems of gender and genre.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: T, Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
EALL 303

Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry

Study of successive appropriations and reorientation of Chinese poetic forms in the major genres, such as song lyric (ci) and vernacular lyric (qu) traditions, traced from early foundations to those written in later times. Topics include the creation of cultural values and identities, problems of authorship and authority, exile and poetic writing, reception, and material culture.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
EALL 325

Chinese Poetic Form, 1490-1990

Development of the classical Chinese poetic form by modern Chinese poets. The appeal and aesthetic concept of the classical form since the revivalist movement of the late fifteenth century. Emphasis on close critical reading, with attention to cultural and political contexts.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
EALL 510

Man and Nature in Chinese Literature

An exploration of man and nature in traditional Chinese literature, with special attention to aesthetic and cultural meanings. Topics include the concept of nature and literature; Neo-Daoist self-cultivation; poetry and Zen (Chan) Buddhism; travel in literature; loss, lament, and self-reflection in song lyrics; nature and the supernatural in classical tales; love and allusions to nature; religious pilgrimage and allegory.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: T,Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM