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, EAST 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: Fall 2020
Day/Time: T,Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
EALL 211, EAST 241, 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: Spring 2021
Day/Time: T, Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
EALL 302, EAST 341

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 2021
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
EALL 325, EAST 345

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 2020
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
EALL 510, EAST 540

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: Fall 2020
Day/Time: T,Th 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM