East Asian Languages and Cultures | Chinese Literature I
E331 | 1593 | Raz
COAS intensive writing section; registration in COAS W333 also required.
In traditional China, literature was accorded a special place in the
society. It was a means of expressing one's political ambitions, a medium
of social communication, a device for communicating with the spirits, and a
tool of governance. In this course we will examine these various roles of
literature through studying examples from nearly three millennia of Chinese
history (from roughly 1400 B.C.E. to 1200 C.E.). Along the way, we will
explore the ways in which the written word helped to make China, by the end
of the period covered, the most successful civilization in the world.
Included in the survey will be examples of historical and religious writing,
narrative prose, and lyrical poetry.
No knowledge of Chinese is required. For majors in the College of Arts and
Sciences, this course satisfies the Culture Studies and Intensive Writing
requirements. In accordance with Intensive Writing stipulations, students
will be expected to complete five two page papers and a ten page final paper
on the works studied.