HISTORY 698 - Topics in History
Section: 001 Text and Space in Imperial China
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course inquires how historians may gain access to historical space through texts and through reading, and how historians have read texts in order to understand historical space. The premise is that literary genres are defined not only by their formal characteristics, by their subject matter, and by their linguistic register, but also by their orientation in space. Texts thus preserve historical spaces, and historical senses of space, not only by description, but also by semiotic means of indexicality, iconicity, and metaphor, in other words, not only by their words but also by their form.

The first half of the course offers general methodological readings and concrete examples of literary genres in relationship to space, from different eras of the imperial period (221 BCE-1912 CE), such as stone inscriptions, ritual manuals, local gazetteers, and travel accounts. This first half of the course concludes with an analysis paper of a primary source, read either in the original or in translation.

The second half of the course concentrates on particular kinds of spaces (such as cities, gardens, temples, gendered space, and places of exile), to analyze how historians have reconstructed and analyzed them, and how they might have approached them differently. The final paper for the course may be a research paper based on primary sources or a literature review based on secondary sources, focused on a particular kind of space.

Course Requirements:

Attendance of all seminars, preparation of reading assignments, participation in discussions, and the submission of two papers (an analysis paper about the relationship between text and space in a primary source, either in the original or in translation; and a research paper or a literature review about a particular kind of space, based on either secondary sources or a combination of primary and secondary sources).

Intended Audience:

Graduate students in Chinese studies, East Asian studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, History, Anthropology, History of Art, and Architecture. Knowledge of Chinese is not required.

Class Format:

Seminar

HISTORY 698 - Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
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16469
Open
3
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
002 (REC)
P
19890
Closed
0
 
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W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
003 (REC)
P
30053
Open
11
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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