Lucas Bender

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Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures; DUS, East Asian Languages & Literatures
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Areas of interest : 
Early and Medieval Chinese Literature; Chinese Intellectual and Religious Life
Region: 
China

Courses

EALL 208

Tales of Traditional China

This course is an introductory survey of the great works of Chinese narrative literature from the beginnings of the tradition to the end of the premodern period. We consider questions like: How did the form of Chinese narrative change over the centuries? What were the purposes of these different forms? How did the topics of stories change, and what do these changes tell us about narrative’s place in the evolution of the Chinese social world? What was the relationship between narrative and fiction in different periods of China’s history? How do Chinese ideas about narrative diverge from common conceptions nowadays, and how can premodern Chinese stories, novellas, memoirs, and novels give us insights into the uses and possibilities of narrative that might not be obvious in contemporary media? We also explore the continued relevance of these narratives in contemporary Chinese culture. For this purpose, we have film screenings roughly every other week. 

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: T,Th 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
EALL 213, HUMS 292, PHIL 205, RLST 211

Philosophy, Religion, and Literature in Medieval China

Exploration of the rich intellectual landscape of the Chinese middle ages, introducing students to seminal works of Chinese civilization and to the history of their debate and interpretation in the first millennium. No previous knowledge of China is assumed. Instead, the course serves as a focused introduction to Chinese philosophy, religion, and literature.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: HTBA
EALL 230, EAST 242, HUMS 269

Poetry and Ethics Amidst Imperial Collapse

Du Fu has for the last millennium been considered China’s greatest poet. Close study of nearly one-sixth of his complete works, contextualized by selections from the tradition that defined the art in his age. Exploration of the roles literature plays in interpreting human lives and the ways different traditional forms shape different ethical orientation. Poetry as a vehicle for moral reflection. 

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: W 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
EALL 513

Philosophy, Religion, and Literature in Medieval China

This course explores the rich intellectual landscape of the Chinese middle ages, introducing students to seminal works of Chinese civilization and to the history of their debate and interpretation in the first millennium.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: HTBA
EALL 530, EAST 542

Poetry and Ethics Amidst Imperial Collapse

Du Fu has for the last millennium been considered China’s greatest poet. Close study of nearly one-sixth of his complete works, contextualized by selections from the tradition that defined the art in his age. Exploration of the roles literature plays in interpreting human lives and the ways different traditional forms shape different ethical orientation. Poetry as a vehicle for moral reflection. 

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: W 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM