EALL 200, CHNS 200, EAST 240, HUMS 270
The Chinese Tradition
An introduction to the literature, culture, and thought of premodern China, from the beginnings of the written record to the turn of the twentieth century. Close study of textual and visual primary sources, with attention to their historical and cultural backdrops.
Topics in Chinese Drama
We read a selection of Southern plays (also known as chuanqi) from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Discussions concern the formation of the genre, performance styles (including watching some kunqu), and the contents of the plays. Students produce a fifteen- to twenty-page research paper over the course of the semester.