East Asian Languages and Cultures | Seminar in East Asian Studies
E600 | 24227 | Struve

Topic--Premodern East Asia: Integrative Issues

A principal aim of this course is to foster integrative thought
about the east-northeastern region of Asia by examining areas of
intersection in the historical scholarship on the three major
civilizations of that region. The interrelations we will examine are
of basically three kinds: actual historical movements of people,
goods, ideas, and institutions among C, J, and K; historical
phenomena that occurred separately but commonly in all three; and
scholarly approaches that have been applied, separately or
comparatively, in historical studies on all three regions. Thematic
areas of trifold inquiry include: the history and (re)construction
of “origins”; phases of canon-formation; phases of elite
transformation; mutual diplomacy, trade, and travel; demographic
patterns; printing and book culture; women’s lives and literacy. All
readings (in English) will be available either on reserve or online.
Students are expected to participate actively in discussions, and
each is required to develop a bibliographic essays, 15–20 pages in
length, that sets forth in prose an ideal class session on some
potentially integrative topic in the history of premodern East Asian

This course meets with HIST H675; credit is given for only one of
EALC E600 and HIST H675 on this topic.