History | Late Imperial Chinese Society
J300 | 3003 | Struve


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
J300:  Also open to non-majors
Above section meets culture studies requirement
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires 	
	registration in COAS W333
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section meets with EALC E352

TOPIC:  LATE IMPERIAL CHINESE SOCIETY THROUGH LITERATURE


Students in this course enter intimately into the eighteenth-century
Chinese world by reading most chapters of the greatest novel ever
written in China, the quasi-autobiographical Story of the Stone
(also known as Dream of Red Chambers) by Cao Xueqin.  This
incomparable work of literature presents in fascinating material and
psychological detail the life of a young aristocrat as he comes of
age in a large household of mostly female relatives.  Numerous
aspects of high and low eighteenth-century Chinese society, culture,
politics, education, economics, values, and beliefs—especially
regarding women—come vividly to light under the author’s reminiscent
pen.  Students read carefully three of the five volumes of the
Hawkes-Minford translation; summaries are provided of the rest.
Background on the era is at hand in Chinese Society in the
Eighteenth Century by Naquin and Rawski, and numerous matters are
illustrated visually with slides and videos.  Students write three
papers, in both draft and final versions, on subjects of their own
choice that appear in the novel.  Extensive bibliographical help is
provided by the professor.  Grades are based one-third on class
preparation and participation and two-thirds on the papers.

Jointly listed with E352.