East Asian Languages and Cultures | Traditional East Asian Civilizations
E251 | 1484 | 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
Credit given for only one of EALC E251 and HIST H237.