ASIAN 221 - Great Books of China
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Chinese is not required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English. W (in even years).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

An introduction to some of the books that have exerted a commanding influence on the lives, thought, culture, and literary experience of the Chinese people through the ages, and that have the power to delight or enlighten Western readers today. We will begin with a short selection from the ancient Book of Changes which represents the earliest crystallization of the Chinese mind and then extend to examine several texts in the ethical, social, and political philosophy of Confucianism; two texts in the mystical philosophy of Taoism; and Sun Tzu's The Art of War, the world's oldest, and perhaps also greatest, military text. Other readings include one wild Buddhist text about the experience of enlightenment; Monkey, a novel of myth, fantasy, comedy, and allegory; The Tower of Myriad Mirrors, a sequel to Monkey exploring the world of desire, dreams, and the unconscious; and finally The Story of the Stone, a monument in fiction, set in the last high point in premodern Chinese civilization and depicting in vivid detail its splendor and decadence. The format of the course consists of two lectures and two recitation sessions per week. Regular one-page written assignments, three brief papers (four or five pages each), and a final examination are required.

ASIAN 221 - Great Books of China
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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