East Asian Languages and Cultures | Seminar in East Asian Studies
E600 | 14687 | Struve

Topic: Hotspots in Later-Imperial Chinese History

In this course, students will become familiar with some of the best
English-language scholarship to emerge in recent years in several
especially “hot” areas of Ming- and Qing-period historical studies.
We will take particular note of the paradigms, concepts, questions,
methods, and sources that have been driving the research of leading
scholars in the past decade. Weekly readings will be organized
thematically, some likely themes being China’s relations with Inner
Asia and the “Manchu-ness” of the Qing order; education and the
examination system; literacy, book culture, and middlebrow
literature; commercialization and material culture; demography,
gender, and the family; and the status of late-imperial/early-modern
China in world history ca. 1400–1900.

Students who are interested in taking this course are encouraged to
contact Prof. Struve in advance to suggest themes and readings of
particular importance to them which might also stimulate others in
the class.

Evaluations will be based one-quarter on participation in weekly
discussions of the readings and mutual critiques of draft papers,
and three-quarters on a research paper of approximately 20 pages,
based mainly on secondary sources and relating the student’s
particular intellectual interest to one of the thematic categories
that we cover in the common readings. The papers will be developed
in three stages: prospectus and blibliography; first draft, which
will be critiqued by other students and the professor; and the final

No textbook need be purchased. Readings will be available either on
Oncourse or in the Media-Reserve section of the Wells Library.

Class meets with HIST-H 675