East Asian Languages and Cultures | Chinese Literature I
E331 | 1681 | Bokenkamp
COAS intensive writing section; registration in COAS W333 also
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.