Chinese 368

Literature and Culture of Late Imperial China

Full course for one semester. This course examines the major authors, genres, literary works and textual and cultural artifacts of late imperial China (fourteenth to nineteenth centuries), a period marked by distinctive modes of urban life, material connoisseurship, and expanding commercialism. We will read popular literary forms such as fiction, drama, and encyclopedias as well as works in classical traditions, focusing on issues such as gender and masculinity, desire and homo/hetero-eroticism, theater and print, and text and commentary. All readings will be in English. Additional instruction will be arranged for students taking the course for Chinese credit. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 368. Not offered 2006-07.

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