ASIAN 264 - Looking at Traditional China Through its Most Famous Novel, The Story of the Stone
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this 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 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 informal debates on specific topics. Topics to be debated can be the questions to think about indicated in the class schedule below or may be chosen by the class. In the second half of the term, groups of three students (respectively taking the positions of pro, con, and judge) will also be asked to present to the class brief materials (articles, chapters from books) that they will read but the rest of the class will not. Finally, I may introduce topics for debate in class by means of illustrations, overhead transparencies, or video material. 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 264 - Looking at Traditional China Through its Most Famous Novel, The Story of the Stone
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Sorry if the way the five volumes of The Story of the Stone are listed is confusing. Just be sure to buy all five volumes, in paperback. You might be able to find used copies, either online or in Ann Arbor.
ISBN: 0140443266
"The crab-flower club", Author: by Cao Xueqin. Transl. by David Hawkes., Publisher: Penguin Books Reprint. 1985
ISBN: 0140443711
"The debt of tears", Author: by Cao Xueqin. Ed. by Gao E. Transl. by John Minford., Publisher: Penguin Books Reprint. 1985
ISBN: 014044372X
The dreamer wakes., Author: Cao Xueqin. Transl. by David Hawkes., Publisher: Penguin Books [Repr.], t 1986
ISBN: 0140443703
The story of the stone, Author: by Cao Xueqin., Publisher: Penguin Books 5. [pr.]. 1980
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
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