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IAS 4896 - Topics In Chinese Lit & Culture: Commentary, Philology, & Theories Of Reading In East Asian History

Description
Two people can read the same document and come away with vastly different senses of its meaning. Why is that the case, and what can we learn from these differences? In this course we will examine the core tools scholars in pre-modern China (and to a lesser extent Japan) have used to make sense of texts. From commentaries and glosses, to dictionaries and encyclopedias, scholars have aimed to facilitate the process of reading and establish definitive interpretations of the textual tradition. These interpretations shaped how literature was appreciated and provided a basis for understanding foundational classical texts. We will investigate the various reading strategies deployed by scholars as reflections of broader intellectual, cultural, and literary trends. Students will encounter these strategies through close reading of canonical works in the Chinese and Japanese tradition, such as The Analects of Confucius and The Tale of Genji, alongside accompanying commentaries from different historical periods. English translations of reading materials will be made available. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates by instructor's permission. Prerequisites: Some background in Chinese history or literature is preferable.
Credits
3
Attributes
A&S IQ:LCD, SSC:Art, HUM:EN, S:
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Recent Semesters
Fall 2019
Offered
TuTh
Avg. Class Size
15
Avg. Sections
1