ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 003 The Development of Chinese Fiction
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
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Theme
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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China had a long and independent tradition of fiction writing that is both interesting in and of itself and represents a valuable example for comparison with other traditions. Chinese notions of what “fiction” was changed over time, and gradually many of the taboos and resistances to the writing and reading of fiction were overcome. This course will chart the development of individual fictional genres and how they were consumed and evaluated over time. We will also consider how similar stuff material was reworked in different genres and even in the same genre, the writing of sequels and parodies, and the late imperial practice of reading fiction in editions with interpretive commentary. As opposed to the more formal and highly respected genres in traditional China such as poetry and essays, fiction was free to reflect a much wider range of concerns, stretching from matters of the highest political and social import to those of the heart and the bedroom. Many fictional representations had wide social currency, not only in their original written form, but also through stage renditions. Class requirements will include participation in in-class exercises, brief weekly assignments, two short papers, and a final exam. A knowledge of Chinese is not required.

ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
20317
Open
5
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
22744
Open
1
 
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets together with HISTART 489 section 006
003 (SEM)
P
23699
Open
8
 
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
26297
Open
7
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: This course meets together with ANTHRCUL 458 section 003 and HISTORY 498 section 001
005 (SEM)
P
28913
Open
9
 
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F 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: This course is for students who can read Japanese newspapers with a dictionary
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