ASIAN 362 - The Travels of the Monkey King in China and Abroad
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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The Monkey King gets better and better known throughout the world as new versions of his story continue to appear. The full story of how he was born from a stone, rebelled against Heaven, helped the Tang Monk bring true Buddhist scriptures to China, becomes enlightened and is proclaimed a buddha was first told in the famous 16th century novel, The Journey to the West.

In that novel the first seven chapters are entirely given over to the story of his birth and acquisition of miraculous powers and weapons. In the novel, even after he becomes the disciple of the Tang Monk he remains the center of attention. He went on to become a star of stage and screen. Although there has been a tendency, especially recently, to think of the story of the Monkey King as something that primarily appeals to children, the deeper meanings of his story have never been totally forgotten.

In this class, besides studying The Journey to the West and its translation and interpretation over the years, we will look at both the antecedents and sequels of the novel, other stories of extraordinary monkeys in China and elsewhere, versions of the story for a variety of traditional Chinese performing arts, as well as representations of The Monkey King in modern media such as newspaper serials, animated films, and TV miniseries, including examples produced for non-Chinese audiences. We will try to better understand why the image of The Monkey King has been so influential in both China and abroad.

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Students will be graded on class participation, one short and one longer paper, and a final exam.

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ASIAN 362 - The Travels of the Monkey King in China and Abroad
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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Tower of Myriad Mirrors is out of print. Last year the publisher agreed to make electronic water-marked copies available. Please note the online copy of Monkey and the Monk in MIRLYN only reproduces the table of contents only.
ISBN: 9780226971568
The monkey & the monk a revised abridgment of The journey to the west, Author: translated and edited by Anthony C. Yu., Publisher: University of Chicago Press [Online-Au 2006
ISBN: 9780810120921
Journey to the west : a play, Author: Mary Zimmerman ; foreword by Anthony C. Yu., Publisher: Northwestern University Press 2011
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
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