Current Courses (Winter 2014)

Special Topics Courses:

  • CHIN 90CB - Introduction to Literature in China, A Regional Approach
    This course offers alternative perspectives on the history of literature and culture in China by way of the highly influential and (seriously) strange traditions of the ancient kingdoms of Chu, Shu and Ba (roughly, modern Sichuan, Hunan and Hubei). In ancient China, the borders of these regions marked the endpoint of the northern cultural spheres that would later come to define ?Chinese? civilization. As a result, for thousands of years and up to the present these outlier regions have been associated with a set of mystical, romantic and erotic associations that ensured their status as a kind of orthodox ?unorthodoxy? within Chinese literary history. This course will explore not only the origins and functions of southern exoticism, but also the complex interconnections between center and periphery in the construction of Chinese literary history and cultural identity. We will pay special attention to a number of themes, including: witchcraft and shamanism, the development of erotic poetry and the rhetoric of homesickness.
  • CHIN 132B - Special Topics in Modern Chinese Poetry
    Topics focus on major trends of modern poetry developed in mainland China and Taiwan with particular attention to romanticism, realism, and modernism after contact with the West. Readings in Chinese, lectures and discussions in English.

Upcoming Courses (Spring 2014):

  • CHIN 26 - New Phenomena in 21st Century Chinese
    M/W, 12:30-1:45PM. Instructor: Hsiao-jung Yu.
    The Chinese language today consists of a number of new words, phrases, and expression from languages such as English and Japanese. This course is to explore the contact and its impact on Chinese language, culture, and society in the 21st century.
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  • KOREAN 113 - Korean Literature Survey
    M, 3:00-5:50PM. Instructor: Youme Kim (e-mail)
    This course offers an introduction to representative Korean literary works from the Choseon dynasty to the present day, covering diverse genres, major works, and key authors. The class readings of translated short fiction and folk-tales aim to introduce the student to the major cultural themes and historical events that have shaped Korean society and arts today. The main readings are supplemented with historical narratives, films, television dramas, and music. The course does not assume any background in Korean language, history, or culture.
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Full Schedule of Courses

For all other courses, view the current schedule of courses.