ASIAN 251 - Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture
Section: 001 The Story of the Stone
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of Chinese language is required.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this first-year seminar class we will try together to get a better understanding of traditional Chinese culture by reading and discussing a novel that has both been praised as a veritable encyclopedia of Chinese life, and which has mattered deeply to countless Chinese readers, some of whom read it year after year. Because the novel focuses on life within the household and the majority of its major characters are female, one of the foci of the course will be on the life of Chinese women during the time the novel was written. Class meetings will feature a number of different activities. One of these will be class debates on specific topics. The main goal of the various debates will be to permit us to get a wider and richer view of the novel and the culture that produced it, but we will also be interested in relating what we see in the novel to life around us and material we have learned in other contexts. The procedure of debating topics from different points of view will also help us be more critical about our own beliefs and predilections.

ASIAN 251 - Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
4Fr or So
MWF 3:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0140442936
The story of the stone : a Chinese novel in five volumes, Author: by Cao Xueqin ; translated by David Hawkes., Publisher: Penguin Reprint. 1973
ISBN: 0140443266
The Crab-Flower Club, Author: David Hawkes [Ubers.]., Publisher: Penguin Books Repr. 1985
ISBN: 0140443703
The story of the stone : a Chinese novel, Author: by Cao Xuegin ; translated by David Hawkes. Vol.3. The warning voice., Publisher: Penguin. 5. [pr.] 1980
ISBN: 0140443711
The story of the stone : a Chinese novel, Author: by Cao Xueqin ; translated by John Minford., Publisher: Penguin Books Repr. 1988
ISBN: 014044372X
The dreamer wakes., Author: edited by Gao E ; translated by David Hawkes., Publisher: Penguin Books 1986
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