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 2017
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 2016
Day/Time: T, Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
EALL 302

Readings in Classical Chinese Prose

Close reading of classical Chinese texts (wenyan) primarily from late Imperial China. A selection of formal and informal prose, including memoirs, sanwen essays, classical tales, biographies, and autobiographies. Focus on cultural and historical contexts, with attention to reception in China and in some cases in Korea and Japan. Questions concerning readership and governmental censorship, function of literature, history and fictionality, memory and writing, and the aesthetics of qing (emotion).

Term: Spring 2017
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
EALL 303

Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry

Fundamentals of classical Chinese poetry and poetics. Readings vary from year to year; topics include poetry and history, intertextuality, and poetic reception.

Term: Fall 2016
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 2017
Day/Time: T,Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM