HISTORY 396 - History Colloquium
Section: 001 Brushes with Power: Text and Writing in Imperial China
Term: FA 2006
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Other:
Theme
Advisory Prerequisites:
SEE BULLETIN.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the power of the written word in ancient and imperial China, ca. 1200 BCE-1912 CE. Writing does not merely record facts and events, nor are texts simply vehicles of information. Rather, writing is a cultural practice and a text is an historical object, both possessed of the power to affect human interaction and transform the physical landscape. Through a combination of scholarly articles and translations of primary texts, this course explores topics such as stone inscriptions and ritual performance, writing and truth in miracle tales, calligraphy and political legitimacy, writing and virtue in female poetry, and transformations of text and reading in the age of printing. The reflection on the written word in the Chinese past will draw attention to the peculiarities of text and writing in the American present, creating thereby a dialectic between the reading assignments and the writing requirements.

Since the course is conducted in seminar format and since it fulfills the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the final grade will be determined by participation in class discussion and by a series of short papers. Prior familiarity with Chinese history is not required.

HISTORY 396 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
12723
Open
8
12Jr or Sr
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M 2:30PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
12724
Open
2
11Jr or Sr
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F 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
12726
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with RCSSCI 460-001. The class will meet in 17 Tyler East Quad
005 (SEM)
P
12727
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 2:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
12728
Open
8
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: For History or Judaic Studies majors or by permission of instructor
007 (SEM)
P
27200
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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