East Asian Languages and Cultures | China: The Enduring Heritage
E232 | 1483 | Raz

This course introduces students to patterns of the Chinese past and
present, particularly to China's evolving Confucian tradition and
its transformation under the present Communist regime.  E232
includes three course units, each employing a different perspective
as we move chronologically through cultural history.  Ancient China
is explored through the religious and ethical ideas of China's elite
class, which we will read in translations of classics such as the
*Dao de jing,* by the Daoist thinker Lao-zi, and the *Analects* of
Confucius.  We approach the medieval period by considering the lives
of non-elite classes and the way representatives of the governing
class interacted with them.  For this portion of the course, we
focus on popular short stories the period and other narrative
materials.  The modern era, from the Opium War of 1842 to the
present, is analyzed through political history, using fiction,
autobiography, and documentary sources to explore the rise and
transformation of communist society in China and the question of its
links to China's Confucian past.

Written requirements include three short papers, a midterm and
final, and brief exercises or quizzes.  E232 is designed as a
general introduction to Chinese society and culture, and to prepare
students for upper level courses in Chinese history, religion,
philosophy, politics, and literature.  *No prior background in
Chinese studies is required.*