ASIAN 251 - Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture
Section: 001 The Story of the Stone
Term: FA 2011
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Course Note:
This undergraduate seminar offers lower division LSA students a small group learning experience. Students explore a subject of particular interest in collaboration with a faculty member in the area of Chinese culture.
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
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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.

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Class Format:

first-year seminar class

ASIAN 251 - Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
9Fr or So
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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For info on four recommended books, see syllabus.
ISBN: 9780140443714
The Story of the Stone, Vol. 4, Author: Cao Xueqin, Gao E, John Minford, Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140442939
The Story of the Stone, Vol. 1, Author: Cao Xueqin, David Hawkes, Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140443264
The Crab-Flower Club, Author: David Hawkes [Ubers.]., Publisher: Penguin Books [Repr.], t 1985
ISBN: 9780140443707
The Story of the Stone, Vol. 3, Author: Cao Xueqin, David Hawkes, Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140443721
The Story of the Stone, Vol. 5, Author: Cao Xueqin, Gao E, John Minford, Publisher: Penguin
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