History | Traditional East Asian Civilization
H237 | 26196 | Struve


Above class carries culture studies credit
Above class meets with EALC-E 251

This course treats the cultural histories of China, Japan, and Korea
from the prehistoric times through the seventeenth century.  We
examine how the cultures of these three regions remained distinct in
many ways, while also participating in a single East Asian
civilization. Attention especially is drawn to political
institutions, social values, philosophical and religious thought,
and aesthetic sensibilities in the arts and literature. We read from
a basic textbook (Schirokauer, A Brief History of Chinese and
Japanese Civilizations). Supplemental materials on Korea are posted
on Oncourse. Translated literature (principally, from Birch
Anthology of Chinese Literature, Vol. I, and Keene, Anthology of
Japanese Literature) shows us how certain concepts and values are
expressed in the original writings of Chinese and Japanese, authors.
A short paper, based on the memoir of a Korean queen, Lady Hyegyong,
is required, in addition to three essay examinations.