East Asian Languages & Cultures | Traditional East Asian Civilizations
E251 | 1518 | Struve


This course treats the cultural histories of China, Japan, and Korea from
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 is drawn
especially 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), from a course-packet supplement on Korea, and from
translated literature (principally Birch, ed., Anthology of Chinese
Literature, Vol. 1, and Keane, ed., Anthology of Japanese Literature) to
see how certain aspects and values are expressed in the original writing of
Chinese, Japanese, and Korean authors.  Numerous slides are used to pursue
these matters in the visual arts.  Grades are based on three essay
examinations, a map quiz, and class participation.

Credit given for only one of EALC E251 and HIST H237.