Asian Languages and Cultures

Chinese Graduate Courses

200A. Research Methods in Chinese. (4) Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 110C. Lectures and discussion designed to develop basic skills in using traditional Chinese research materials. Topics include classical dictionaries; sinological indices; bibliographical, biographical, and geographical sources; encyclopedias; anthologies; rare editions; illustrated matter and calligraphy. Letter grading.

200B. Proseminar: Premodern Chinese Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. Introduction to major bibliographical and methodological resources in field of premodern Chinese literature, with focus on research tools in field and on scholarship in English on major literary genres, periods, and authors. Letter grading.

200C. Proseminar: Modern Chinese Literature and Cinema. (4) Seminar, three hours. Introduction to major bibliographical and methodological resources in fields of modern Chinese literary and cinematic studies, with focus on theoretical tools, historical knowledge, and critical trends. Letter grading.

M201. China — Seminar: Classical Historiography and Readings in Classical Studies. (4) (Same as History M281.) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: two years of classical Chinese or working knowledge of classical Chinese. Readings in historiography and selected genres of historical documents. Letter grading.

M202. China Studies: Discipline, Methods, Debates. (2) (Same as History M280.) Seminar, two hours. Introduction to study of China as practiced in humanities and social sciences disciplines. S/U grading.

205. Critical Issues in Chinese and Sinophone Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. Methodology course intended for graduate students in 20th-century Chinese literature and culture. Discussion of major theoretical and textual issues and methods. Letter grading.

C207A-C207B. Academic/Professional Chinese. (4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 101B or Chinese placement test. Intended to improve reading and writing skills in specific academic and professional subject areas for students who have studied general Chinese at advanced level, with coverage in Chinese humanities and social sciences, science and technology, medicine, and applied linguistics. Concurrently scheduled with courses C107A-C107B. S/U or letter grading.

209. Issues in Sinophone Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. Exploration of selected topics and issues in Sinophone literature, literature written in Sinitic languages by ethnic minority writers in China, and literature written by those living outside China across world, especially in Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, and the U.S. S/U or letter grading.

210. Modern Chinese Literary History. (4) Lecture, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Discussion of history of modern Chinese literature, focusing on sources, controversies, major literary genres, and critical approaches to studying relationship between literature and history. Letter grading.

211A-211B. Seminars: Classical Chinese Poetry. (4-4)

Seminar, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of literary Chinese. Topics rotate among major textual traditions and chronological periods. Emphasis on philological, critical, and historical approaches. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. In Progress (211A) and letter (211B) grading.

212. Topics in Chinese Poetry. (4) Readings/discussion, three hours. Selected readings from classical poetic tradition, with focus on individual poets, themes, or other critical issues. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Letter grading.

213A-213B. Chinese-Language Cinemas. (4-4) Seminar, three hours; film-viewing laboratory, two hours. Advanced topics in Chinese-language cinemas. Examination of theory and methodology, historiography, industry and institutions, style and aesthetics, major genres and artists, other arts and media, other cinematic traditions, and social contexts. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. In Progress (213A) and letter (213B) grading.

220A-220B. Theoretical Approaches to Chinese and Sinophone Cultures. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Discussions to be framed by Western literary and cultural theory, investigating both challenges and limitations Western theory may pose for Chinese literary and cultural studies. Specific topics vary from year to year. In Progress (220A) and letter (220B) grading.

224A-224B. Seminars: Selected Topics in Chinese Linguistics. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Critical reading and discussion of selected topics in Chinese functional linguistics (discourse and grammar, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, language change). May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. In Progress (224A) and letter (224B) grading.

226A. Seminar: Topics in Chinese Applied Linguistics. (4) Seminar, three hours. Critical reading and discussion of selected topics in Chinese applied linguistics (teaching Chinese as a second language, second language acquisition theories and practices). May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.

230A-230B. Seminars: Selected Topics in Modern Chinese Literature. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Selected readings in 20th-century Chinese literature, emphasizing fiction. Discussion of individual research projects. May be repeated for credit. In Progress (230A) and letter (230B) grading.

C238. Travel Writing in Premodern China. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: course 50. Exploration of travel writing in China, with focus on English translations of works by native writers and by foreign visitors through centuries. Concurrently scheduled with course C138. Letter grading.

C240. Introduction to Chinese Linguistics. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: one to two years of college-level Chinese. Introduction to Chinese sound system, writing system and its reform, regional differences, major structural features, language in society and in cultural practices. Concurrently scheduled with course C120. Letter grading.

241A-241B. Heaven, Earth, and Monarchy in Ancient China. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: working knowledge of classical Chinese. Close reading of chapters from Han dynasty collection of writings on forms of music, social interaction, education, marriage, and mourning in Zhou royal court, with discussion of topics in recent cultural semiology and anthropology. In Progress (241A) and letter (241B) grading.

242A-242B. Chinese Classics and Exegetical Traditions. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Recommended preparation: command of literary Chinese. Reading and discussions of selections from one traditional Chinese classic (Confucian Five Classics, others), with introduction to exegetical history, secondary scholarship, and research methodology. Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated for credit. In Progress (242A) and letter (242B) grading.

243. Translation Workshop: Premodern Chinese Texts. (2) Seminar, two hours. Translation, grammatical analysis, and discussion of selections from premodern Chinese texts. S/U grading.

C244. Translation Workshop: Modern Chinese Texts. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Preparation: bilingual competency in Chinese and English. Workshop on Chinese-English literary translation, designed to hone and improve translation skills. Focus on close readings and analysis of original texts against published English translations and actual translation work. May include interpretation segment, designed to improve interpretation skills. Concurrently scheduled with course C144. S/U or letter grading.

245A-245B. Seminars: Traditional Chinese Narrative and Drama. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of colloquial and literary Chinese. Seminar topics alternate yearly between traditional narrative and drama, with emphasis on generic, hermeneutical, and historical approaches. Topics in narrative selected from genres from Chou through Ch’ing periods. Topics in drama selected from tsa-chü and ch’uan-ch’i. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. In Progress (245A) and letter (245B) grading.

C250A. Lyrical Traditions. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Readings of poetic and critical writings of traditional China, with emphasis on development of subjectivity and modes of address. Concurrently scheduled with course C150A. Graduate students required to read primary materials in original Chinese. S/U or letter grading.

C250B. Chinese Literature in Translation: Traditional Narrative and Fiction. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Examination of formation and development of Chinese narrative traditions from Tang to mid-Qing periods (7th-18th centuries). Readings from biographical writings, fiction, drama, legal cases, etc., with emphasis on different narrative conventions and their cultural assumptions and intersections. Exploration of important issues in context of imperial China, including order and chaos, self and other, desire and transcendence, gender norms and transgression, violence and justice. May be taken independently for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C150B. Letter grading.

256A-256B. Chinese Literary Criticism. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Issues in production and interpretation of literary works, as formulated by Chinese critics from classical age onward. Letter grading.

C257. Variable Topics in Culture and Society in Taiwan. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for graduate students. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Examination of relationship between culture (art, literature, film) and society in Taiwan. Reading, audio and visual material, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Concurrently scheduled with course C156. Letter grading.

C260. Chinese Buddhism. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Introduction and development of Buddhism in China, interaction between Buddhism and Chinese culture, rise of Chinese schools of Buddhism. Concurrently scheduled with course CM160. Letter grading.

265A-265B. Seminars: Chinese Buddhist Texts. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. In Progress (265A) and letter (265B) grading.

C275. Introduction to Chinese Thought. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Survey of Chinese thought as represented in texts of Zhou through early Han periods (circa 1000 to 100 BCE), with focus on invention of Confucian tradition (including Five Classics) and on defenses of that tradition against challenges from Mohists, Taoists, and other groups of thinkers. Concurrently scheduled with course C175. Letter grading.

285A-285B. Seminars: Readings in Chinese Religions. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: reading knowledge of classical Chinese. Selected readings from religious traditions of China, with introduction to different disciplinary approaches, secondary scholarship, and research methodology. Topics rotate among chronological periods and major religious traditions. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. In Progress (285A) and letter (285B) grading.

290A-290B. Seminars: Selected Topics in Chinese Archaeology. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 186. Discussion and research on major problems about Chinese archaeology and different interpretations to most important archaeological finds, with emphasis on studies of Xia and Shang cultures and Xia and Shang dynasties. May be repeated for credit. In Progress (290A) and letter (290B) grading.

291. Archaeological Process in China. (4) Seminar, three hours. Introduction to major bibliographical and methodological resources in field of Chinese archaeology to provide deeper understanding of formulation of conceptual categories archaeologists of early China used to make sense of past through interpretation of material culture. S/U or letter grading.

295A-295B. Seminars: Selected Topics in Chinese Cultural History. (4-4) Seminar, three hours. Discussion and research on major problems related to Chinese culture, such as beginnings of Chinese civilization and Chinese dynastic history. Other topics include cultural developments of ancient and medieval China. May be repeated for credit. In Progress (295A) and letter (295B) grading.

297A. Seminar: Research Topics in Premodern China. (4) Seminar, three hours. Selected topics in premodern Chinese literature, history, or religion, with emphasis on textual readings and independent research. S/U or letter grading.

297B. Seminar: Research Topics in Modern Chinese and Sinophone Culture. (4) Seminar, three hours. Selected topics in modern Chinese and Sinophone culture, with major emphasis on independent research. S/U or letter grading.