HISTORY 539 - Critical Readings in Documentary Chinese
Fall 2016, Section 001
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Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Reading knowledge of Chinese.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

History is the study of the past through analytical readings of the available documentary record, and every period of history requires some special training before you can access primary documents. This study course introduces students of East Asian studies to documentary Chinese, through critical readings of selected primary documents in different genres, ranging from the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) through the People's Republic of China. Since the Qing dynasty had a formative impact on the way documentary Chinese was written even after its demise in 1912, the emphasis of the course will be on reading palace memorials, local gazetteers, newspapers, treaties and other standardized documents from the Qing. We will also explore handwritten Chinese, which remains an important medium of communication in China, and we will delve into reading documents from the People’s Republic of China. Students will also be taught how to use important reference tools and how to make use of the vast resources of the University of Michigan Asia Library. The skills taught in this course will be useful not only to specialized students of Chinese history, but also to students who are interested in the power of the written word in modern China and East Asia.

Course Requirements:

A reading knowledge of modern Chinese is required and some familiarity with Classical Chinese (or Japanese kanbun or Sino-Korean) is desirable. Advanced undergraduate students may take the course with special permission from the instructor.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies.

Class Format:

The class is a seminar that will meet twice a week.

Schedule

HISTORY 539 - Critical Readings in Documentary Chinese
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