ASIAN 357 - Sensuous Pleasures: China's Forbidden Novel, Jin Ping Mei
Section: 001
Term: WN 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing or higher.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The first realistic novel of everyday life in China, Jin Ping Mei, or The Plum in the Golden Vase (ca. 1610), has been banned almost continuously from its first publication thanks to its allegedly pornographic nature. In this course, we will work our way through this novel slowly over the course of the semester. We will certainly discuss the function of sex in the novel, but we will focus on larger questions: how does this text marks a turning point in the history of Chinese literature? And how has it remained such a unique source for our understanding of everyday life in China’s past? As we grow familiar with the late Ming world in which our story unfolds, we will begin to consider how the experience of reading a large literary text might be able to mimic, capture, or expand upon worldly pleasures, such as those of captivating theatrical performances, tantalizing fragrances, suggestive glances, or a few lingering notes strummed on a lute. To facilitate a comparative analysis of sensuous pleasures, we will attend four UMS performing arts events (dance, music, and theater) and visit UM’s art museum (UMMA).

Course Requirements:

  • Participation 15%
  • Informal Writing 15%
  • In-class Exercises 15%
  • Formal Essays 20% (Two assignments, 10% each)
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • Final Project 20%

Intended Audience:

This course is appropriate for students at the sophomore level and above.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

ASIAN 357 - Sensuous Pleasures: China's Forbidden Novel, Jin Ping Mei
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31100
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0691016143
The plum in the golden vase, or, Chin P?ing Mei., Author: translated by David Tod Roy., Publisher: Princeton University Press Pbk. ed. 1993
Required
ISBN: 0691126194
The plum in the golden vase, or, Chin p'ing mei., Author: translated by David Tod Roy., Publisher: Princeton University Press,. 2006
Required
ISBN: 0691150184
The Plum in the Golden Vase Or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume Three The Aphrodisiac., Author: translated by David Tod Roy., Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr 2011
Required
ISBN: 0691169829
The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume Four: The Climax (Princeton Library of Asian Translations), Author: by David Tod Roy (Translator), Publisher: Princeton University Press 2015
Required
ISBN: 0691169837
The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume Five: The Dissolution (Princeton Library of Asian Translations), Author: by David Tod Roy (Translator), Publisher: Princeton University Press 2015
Required
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