ASIAN 221 - Great Books of China
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Chinese is not required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English. W (in even years).
Repeatability:
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. A few one-page written assignments, three brief papers (four or five pages each), and a final examination are required.

ASIAN 221 - Great Books of China
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
46381
Open
1
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
46382
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
46383
Open
3
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 0195015401
The art of war., Author: Translated and with an introd. by Samuel B. Griffith. With a foreword by B. H. Liddell Hart., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1963
Required
ISBN: 0-14-044131-X
Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching, Author: D. C. Lau (translator), Publisher: Penguin PAPERBACK 1963
Required
ISBN: 0231114850
The Zen teachings of Master Lin-chi : a translation of the Lin-chi lu, Author: by Burton Watson., Publisher: Columbia University Press 1999
Required
ISBN: 0892641428
The tower of myriad mirrors : a supplement to Journey to the West, Author: by Tung Yueh; translated from the Chinese by Shuen-fu Lin and Larry J. Schulz., Publisher: Center for Chinese Studies, The University of Michigan 2nd ed. 2000
Required
ISBN: 0140442936
The Story of the Stone, Vol. 1, Author: Xueqin Cao (trans. by David Hawkes), Publisher: Penguin PAPERBACK 1973
Required
ISBN: 0394172116
Monkey, Author: Wu Ch?eng-en ; translated from the Chinese by Arthur Waley., Publisher: Grove Press 1984
Required
ISBN: 9780872209114
Zhuangzi : the essential writings with selections from traditional commentaries, Author: translated, with introduction and notes, by Brook Ziporyn., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2009
Required
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