Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

ANS 301M • East Asian Martl Art Film

31610 • Tsai, Chien
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CLA 1.106
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Course Description:

At the turn of the twentieth century, one notices the fast-growing popularity of Asian films outside Asia. What used to be high-brow, academic, or even “cultish” has now, in the twenty-first century, become a popular if not entirely routine part of visual experience in the US. Seemingly, everything Asian becomes the “It,” ever in trend and ever showcasing the awareness and sensitivities of foreign culture. Certainly, things are always more complex than one would like to imagine. For instance: How do we understand “Asian,” geographically or ethnically or both?

This undergraduate class is designed to reconsider the notion of “East Asian” from the cinematic perspective. To get the minimal specificity of the issue at stake, we are to focus on the specific genre of martial arts film. Through weekly screenings, we are to rethink the following issues: What are the possible significances of the choreography of martial arts?  How does the choreography of actors in East Asian martial art films correspond to heroism, self-discipline, and routine training? How does the expressiveness of body correspond to cultural, ideological, and economic transactions, or even political confrontations, either inside or outside of East Asia proper? What influence do East Asian martial arts films have on their western counterparts?

ANS 301M • Introduction To Buddhism

31605 • Maes, Claire
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.102
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ANS 301M • Introduction To Islam

31615 • Azam, Hina
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ B0.306
(also listed as HIS 306N, ISL 310)
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ANS 301R • History Of Religions Of Asia

31620 • Brereton, Joel
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM UTC 3.102
(also listed as CTI 310, R S 302)
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This course surveys the central beliefs and patterns of life of living religious traditions of Asia. It will focus particularly on the basic texts or narratives of these traditions, on their essential histories, and on the concepts of humanity, the world, and the divine that are distinctive of each. In addition, the course will explore not only what people believe religiously but also what they do religiously. Therefore, part of the course will consider the ways of life, forms of social action, and rituals practiced by different communities. Not all Asian traditions can be included in a one-semester survey. The traditions chosen have large numbers of adherents, possess particular historical significance, and represent different cultural areas. These include: Hinduism, Islam in South Asia, Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, Chinese Confucian and Daoist traditions, Shinto, and Buddhism in China and Japan.

Required Texts:
Willard Oxtoby, Roy Amore, (and Amir Hussain), World Religions: Eastern Traditions (3rd or 4th edition)
R.K. Narayan, tr., The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic
Patrick Olivelle, tr., The Buddhacarita: Life of the Buddha (selections provided in class)
Burton Watson, tr., Zhuangzi: Basic Writings [or B. Watson, Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings]
Hiroaki Sato, tr., Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages.

30%  Two exams (15% each)
45%  Three essays (15% each)
15%  Final essay
10%  Attendance and Participation

ANS 302C • Introduction To China

31622 • Eisenman, Iris
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CLA 1.106
(also listed as HIS 302C)
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Course Description:

This course is a broad introduction to the culture, history, and society of China from ancient times to present. It not only traces the major intellectual, economic, literary, and social developments, but also shows how the idea of Chinese tradition and culture was continually invented and re-invented over the course of its history. It illustrates as well how the past has greatly shaped, and continues to influence contemporary Chinese society. Through an examination of key concepts from art, language, literature, philosophy, and religion, the course provides a foundation for students to go onto more specialized, upper-division courses in fields such as Chinese anthropology, art history, economics, film, history, international business, literature, political science, religion, and sociology.

ANS 302J • Introduction To Japan

31625 • Cather, Kirsten
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM JGB 2.218
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This course offers a broad introduction to the culture, history, and society of Japan from ancient times to present. We will do this by tracing the evolution of key figures over time: the Emperor from the dawn of time to today; court ladies in the Heian period; samurai, merchants, & courtesans in the middle ages to Edo; education mamas & youths in contemporary schools & families; and OLs & salarymen in the corporate office. Along the way, we will consider also neighboring Chinese & Koreans, Western barbarians & occupiers, the war dead, soldiers & Self Defense Forces, as well as poets, propagandists & protestors. In the final weeks of the semester, students will work in groups to choose the people & topics we will study together.

The primary goal of this course is to discover how citizens, intellectuals, lawmakers, and artists were negotiating the particular contexts in which they lived by analyzing primary source materials (i.e. laws, memoirs, poems, essays, stories, art, etc.) produced in the period. The secondary goal of this course is to learn how to read these sources critically and analytically. The format of the course will include both lecture as well as small group and class discussions. Your active participation is essential. This course provides an introductory foundation for students to go onto more specialized, upper-division courses in fields such as Japanese anthropology, art history, economics, film, history, international business, literature, political science, religion, and sociology. This course carries the Global Cultures flag, which means it is designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States.

ANS 302K • Introduction To South Asia

31630 • Davis, Donald
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CLA 0.128
(also listed as ANT 310L)
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This course introduces students to major thinkers, ideas, histories, issues, and movements of South Asia.  While a clear set of factual information will be integral to the course, the equally important goal of the course is to learn how to engage South Asia on terms similar to other courses in the liberal arts.  Stated plainly, we want to do more than learn about South Asia; we want to learn from it as well.  The institutional and traditional obstacle to this approach stems from the simple fact that most American students, whatever their ethnic origins, are taught that “our” intellectual heritage begins with the Greeks and ends with contemporary European and American thinkers.  The intellectual and cultural histories of East and West connect much more than most people know.  Yet, most of us are simply not taught how and why to understand South Asian (or other area) literatures, art, religion, law, or other cultural expressions as sources for our own humanistic and ethical development.  Thus, the primary goal of this course is to train students in how to “read” South Asia in such a way that it can mean something to them intellectually, professionally, and personally.

ANS 307C • Intro To The History Of India

31635 • Guha, Sumit
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BUR 112
(also listed as HIS 307C)
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This course surveys the long history of the Indian subcontinent. It has two goals. The first is to provide you with an outline of the major phases of South Asian history from the rise of its first civilization five thousand years ago, up to the development of modern self-governing states after the end of the British empire. The second is to enable you to think about how humans organize themselves to live in the mega-societies that occupy the world today. India created one of the earliest such societies on the planet. Since the course surveys five thousand years, it will be directed to identifying lasting patterns and institutions rather than individuals and events. But class discussions will especially focus on key personalities and important texts that have left historic legacies or offer insight into their times. The format will be a mix of lectures with discussion, as well as discussion meetings devoted to specific readings.


The course is designed to accommodate students with no previous knowledge of Asia. It does require students to attend regularly, contribute to a collective learning process, keep up with weekly readings and participate constructively in discussions. Discussions will usually focus on primary sources. A primary source is something that historians use as a valid record of the past. All good historical narrative is constructed on the basis of evidence from primary sources. Reading and discussing these will enable you reason from evidence, just as historians do



Thomas R. Trautmann India: Brief History of a Civilization

Second Edition Publication Date - January 2015

ISBN: 9780190202491

All other readings will be available on the course website or free download.

Grading: total of 4 map quizzes/ responses to readings – 20%; one 1000-1200 word book report – 20%; mid-term and final in-class exams – total 25 + 25%; attendance 10%.

Regular attendance is expected. A student may be absent or late three times without penalty. Make-up for missing a quiz/test/exam will only be permitted if a documented and satisfactory explanation is provided.

Grades will be assigned as follows:

A+ = 97-100                 A=93-96           A- = 90-93

B+ = 86-89                   B= 82-85          B-= 78-81

C+ = 74-77                   C=70-73           C-=66-69

D+ = 62-65                   D= 58-61          D-=57-53

52 and lower are F.

ANS 340 • Hist Of Hindu Relig Traditn

31654 • Hyne-Sutherland, Amy
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM PAR 1
(also listed as HIS 364G)
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ANS 340 • Japan Rel & Westrn Imagination

31640 • Traphagan, John
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CMA 3.114
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 352)
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This course focuses on how Japanese religious traditions, particularly Zen, have been viewed from the perspective of people living in non-Japanese societies since the end of World War II. Using Ruth Benedict’s book The Chrysanthemum and the Sword as a starting point, we will explore different ways in which non-Japanese have imagined Japanese religious and ethical ideas and both explained Japanese behavior and adopted (often stereotyped) ideas about Japan into their writings about philosophy and life.



We will discuss and deconstruct works by authors such as Alan Watts, Eugene Herrigel, (Zen in the Art of Archery), and Robert Pirsig (Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) as a framework for thinking about how Japanese religious and ethical ideas have been imagined in the West.



  • Weekly reading reaction papers, 30%
  • Final, take home exam, 40%
  • Group project, 30% 

ANS 340 • Religions In Contact

31650 • Freiberger, Oliver
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SAC 5.102
(also listed as R S 373)
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What happens when religions come in contact with each other? This course discusses the ways in which religious actors respond to challenges posed by the encounter with people, beliefs, or practices which, for them, do not belong to their own religion. Such responses range from curiosity, dialog, or acceptance to apologetics, hostile polemics, or persecution. By examining case studies, primarily taken from premodern South Asia (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Islam), we will discuss various forms of rhetorical and practical responses to the “religious other.” Part of this discussion is an analysis of the respective motives, which, in addition to religious conviction, can also be related to competition over economic resources, social status, and political power.   The course will introduce students to related theories and scholarly categories, such as religious othering; appropriation and influence; syncretism and synthesis; hybridity; mission; religious tolerance and intolerance; inclusivism, exclusivism, and pluralism, and more. These will be critically discussed and tested on the case studies. The goal of the course is to gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which religions grapple with religious plurality, draw boundaries – or ignore them –, and form religious identities.



Dundas, Conversion to Jainism (2003);

Granoff, My Rituals, My Gods (2001);

Holt, The Buddhist Visnu (2004);

Lorenzen, Kabir Panth: Heretics to Hindus (1981);

Mohammed, Following the Pir (2012);

Talbot, Inscribing the Other, Inscribing the Self (1995);

Ulrich, Food Fights (2007);




in-class presentation;

reading responses;

research essay

ANS 341K • Origins Of Modern Japan

31655 • Metzler, Mark
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 2.112
(also listed as HIS 341K)
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Same as Asian Studies 341K. This course focuses on Japan’s early modern age, from the end of the warring-states period in the 1500s to the stirrings of the industrial revolution in the mid 1800s.  The central focus is on the period of government by the Tokugawa shoguns (1600–1867), a period that reveals the social-ecological dynamics of an island country at a time of chronic resource scarcity and unprecedented development of popular culture.  Topics include the classical and medieval heritage, social and economic change, national isolation and national opening, the Meiji revolution, and the origins of modern nationalism, imperialism, and democracy.   We pay special attention to the subjective experiences of Japanese men and women who lived and created Japan’s distinctive path to modernity.

This course follows a half-lecture, half-seminar format.  Active class participation is required.

Writing flag.

Global Cultures flag.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.


Required texts:  

1.  Conrad Totman, Early Modern Japan (Univ. of California Press, 1993). ISBN-10: 0520203569

2.  Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, trans. Teruko Craig (Univ. of Arizona Press, 1991). ISBN-10: 0816512566

3.  Yamakawa Kikue, Women of the Mito Domain, trans. Kate Wildman Nakai (Stanford Univ. Press, 2001). ISBN-10: 0804731497

4.  Handouts, electronic-reserve, and on-line readings.

Course requirements and grading:

•   two midterm exams (worth 10% each)

•   two essays on class readings (10% each)

•   essay revisions (10% total)

•   one presentation on supplemental readings (10%)

•   active in-class discussion work (10%)

•   in-class writing and peer editing work (10%)

•   final exam (in-class exam portion: 10%; take-home essay: 10%)

This is a small, writing-intensive and participation-intensive course, and attendance is required. If you anticipate that you will need to miss classes during the coming semester, please plan on taking this course in a later semester when it truly fits your schedule.

ANS 341M • Imperial Japan

31660 • Stalker, Nancy
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 201
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ANS 347K • Gov And Politics Of South Asia

31665 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SZB 426
(also listed as GOV 347K)
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Course  Description

GOV 347K, Unique 38670

Spring 2017



Instructor: Xuecheng Liu

Bldg / Room: SZB 426

Days & Time: TTH 9:30-11:00

Office:            Tel. 512-471-5121

Office Hours: Tue. 14:00-17:00 or by appointment



Government and Politics of South Asia ( GC)


South Asia is bounded on the south by the Indian Ocean and on land by West Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. This sub-region comprises eight developing countries—Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. South Asia is home to well over one fifth of the world's population, making it the most populous geographical region in the world.


Since the end of the Cold War, South Asia has become a focal point of growing international attention and concern by nuclear proliferation, the rise of Islamic militancy and the anti-terror war, the emergence of India as a global power, and regional effort for cooperation. South Asian nations have also been experiencing a profound political evolution of democratization.


This course provides students with a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the comparative political study of the eight nations of South Asia. Organized in parallel fashion to facilitate cross-national comparison, the course sections on each nation address several topical areas of inquiry: political culture and heritage, government structure and institutions, political parties and leaders, and social conflict and resolution. India, the preeminent power of the subcontinent, will receive more attention. In terms of the international relations of the region, this course will address several predominant region-wide issues: the India–Pakistan conflict, the rise of Islamic militancy and the AfPak war, and regional cooperation under the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC).



Since this is an introductory course, a background in Asian studies or Government is recommended but not required.


Grading Policy:

Two mid-term exams (60%). 

One short term paper of 6-7 pages (30%, first draft 15% and final draft 15%)

Overall class participation/attendance may be reflected in a plus or minus up to l0 points in determining the course grade.


There will be no makeup exams for the mid-term exams. Any student missing a mid-term exam with a verified medical excuse or for an official university event with a letter from the responsible university authority may choose to do an alternative assignment.


We will adopt UT's new "plus & minus" grading system in this course. The following is a list of letter grades, their corresponding GPA values, and the percentage values that I plan to use for your assignments. Note that these percentage scores will not be noted on your transcript.


Letter grade                                                    GPA                                                     Percentage Score


A                                                                                  4.00                                                     94-100 %

A-                                                                                3.67                                                     90-93

B+                                                                                3.33                                                     87-89

B                                                                                  3.00                                                     84-86

B-                                                                                2.67                                                     80-83

C+                                                                                2.33                                                     77-79

C                                                                                  2.00                                                     74-76

C-                                                                                 1.67                                                     70-73

D+                                                                                1.33                                                     67-69

D                                                                                  1.00                                                     64-66

D-                                                                                0.67                                                     60-63

F                                                                                  0.00                                                     59 & below





The textbooks are all electronic resources and students can read them online or download them by purchase. We will just choose several chapters from each book as reading assignments.


  1. Robert C. Oberst, et al, Government and Politics in South Asia, 7th Edition

New York: Westview Press, 2013. (Electronic Resource) [GPSA]

  1. T.V. Paul ed., South Asia’s Weak States, Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Security Studies, 2010. (Electronic Resource) [SAWS]
  2. Lawrence Saez, The South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC),

Hoboken: Taylor & Francis, 2012. (Electronic Resource)

  1. During the course of the semester, additional latest articles on South Asia may be added and distributed as required readings in class.



  1. Paul R. Brass ed., Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal (Hoboken: Taylor & Francis, 2010).

ANS 361 • Asian Rgnlism/Multilat Coop

31670 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 101
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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Course Description

GOV 365L, Unique 38755

Spring 2017



Instructor: Xuecheng Liu

Bldg / Room: PAR 101

Days & Time: TTH 12:30-14:00

Office      Office Phone: 512-471-5121





     Asian Regionalism and Multilateral Cooperation

                   (GC and WR)



Asia’s rise as a region will shape the future world order. Asian regionalism as a vitally important dimension of Asia’s rise has attracted critical attention of Asia experts and policy makers. This course first addresses the nature, functional principles, leadership, and policy making process of contemporary Asian regionalism in comparison with the experiences of European integration. We also explore the linkage between the momentum of Asian integration and contemporary Asian nationalism. Then we will introduce and assess the origins and its developments of leading regional cooperation mechanisms: ASEAN, Six-Party Talks (Northeast Asian Security Cooperation Architecture), SAARC, and SCO. Finally, in terms of engaging with the Asian multilateral cooperation we will discuss polices and strategies of major powers, particularly, the United States and China.


This course contains four main parts:

1, Comparison between Asian Regionalism and European Experiences: Concept, principles, leadership, and policy making process;

2. Asian Regionalism and Asian Nationalism: explore the linkage between the emerging Asian cooperation and contemporary Asian nationalism, focusing on Chinese nationalism, Indian nationalism, and Japanese nationalism;

3. Introduce four most important cooperation mechanisms: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Southeast Asia; Six-Party talks (Northeast Asian Security Cooperation Architecture) in Northeast Asia; South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in South Asia; and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Central Asia;

4. Major Powers' Responses to Asian Cooperation: Focus on American and Chinese Strategies for engaging with Asian Integration and multilateral cooperation.


Grading Policy:


  1. Two take-home essays (6-7 pages) 40%
  2. One 12-page term paper, 50%

   Note: Writing of the term paper includes the paper proposal, the first draft

(15 points), and the second (revised) draft (25 points), and the final draft

(10 points).

  1. Class participation, 10%




1. Frost, Ellen L., Asia’s New Regionalism ANR

  (Boulder. Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publications, 2008)

  ISBN 978-1-58826-579-1 [Selected chapters distributed by email]

2. Shambaugh, David, Power Shift: China and Asia’s New DynamicsPS

  (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) [Electronic bk.]

3. Aggarwal, Vind K.,Asia’s New Institutional Architecture ANIA

Dordrecht: Springer, 2007. [Electronic bk.]

  1. Saez, Lawrence, The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

(SAARC): An emerging collaboration Architecture, Hoboken: Taylor & Francis, 2012. [Electronic resource]

5. Pempel, T. J., Regionalism, Economic Integration and Security in Asia (REISA),

  Northamptom, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., 2011. [Electronic Resource]

6. Mahbubani, Kishore, The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East (NAH),New York: PublicAffairs, 2009. [Electronic resource]

7. Webber, Douglas, Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe. Hoboken: Taylor & Francis Ltd., 2004. [Electronic resource].

8. Ikenberry, G. John, Regional Integration and Institutionalization: Comparing Asia and Europe (RII), Shoukadoh: Research Institute, Aoyama Gakuin University, 2012. [Selected Chapters distributed by email]

9. Selected chapters of the recently published books and journal articles distributed by


ANS 361 • Ethnic Polit In Taiwan/Asia

31675 • Liu, Amy
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM PAR 201
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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Ethnic Politics in Taiwan and Asia

Amy Liu, Department of Government

GOV 365L




Students must have taken a foundational course in government or Asian studies. The course also assumes basic knowledge of world history.



Course Description

This course is primarily about ethnic politics in Taiwan. We begin with a study of different theories of ethnic politics. Then we will draw on these theories to understand how the Taiwanese state transitioned from being an authoritarian regime – where an ethnic minority repressed the majority – to one that is democratic and accommodating of even the most marginalized minorities. We will conclude by situating the Taiwanese experience against those of its neighbors.



Grading Criteria

25%     Weekly Quiz

25%     Midterm Examination

25%     Final Examination

25%     Data-Based Paper



  • Brown, Michael E. and Sumit Ganguly. 2003. Fighting Words: Language Policy and Ethnic Relations in Asia. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN-13: 978-0262025355
  • Fell, Dafydd. 2012. Government and Politics in Taiwan. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415575423

ANS 361 • Global Economies: Asia & US

31680 • Mays, Susan
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CMA 3.114
(also listed as AAS 325)
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Flag: Global Cultures

 This course introduces key trends in the economies of the US and Asia, with emphasis on the links between these two major trading blocs.  The class addresses the rise of China and India as well as the development of Japan, the “Tiger” economies, and Southeast Asia.  The course examines the connections between Asia and the US in trade and outsourcing, technology and knowledge transfer, and historical and contemporary alliances.  Importantly, the class addresses professional and labor migration between Asia and the US, including the growth of the Asian American population and a globalized professional class.  The approach is historical and comparative (quantitative analysis is not required), and the reading includes scholarly works and case studies, as well as selections from business and journalism.


Grade Distribution: 

15%    Class Participation

45%    3 Quizzes (non-cumulative)

20%    Paper (~6 pages)

20%    Group Project



ANS 361 • Hist Chinese Lang/Translatn

31700 • Lai, Chiu
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM CLA 0.118
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(Course carries the Global Cultures Flag)

Course Grade based on:                              

  • There is a class attendance policy
  • There is no final exam in this course.

1.  15%     Class discussion, participation, and preparation, including informal in-class and online response writing

2.  50%     Reading and Discussion Questions (“response quizzes” on lectures, readings, discussion)

3.  10%     One Oral Presentation/Lead Discussant Work on Section I or II topics

4.  25%     Final Project Report on translation theory and practice (5-7 pages) and Oral Presentation on Final Project

Course Description

 [This course is open to all students – no previous background in Chinese language, culture or linguistics is required.]

Against the backdrop of China’s prominent international status and increasing global interest in the Chinese language, this course will delve into an in-depth study of the Chinese language and culture, including discussion of Chinese regional cultures and dialects.  Course emphasis will be given to the study of the modern Chinese language, with consideration given to the language spoken in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  Cultural and political contexts of these geopolitical entities will be explored in order to understand emerging differences of all that falls under the common nomenclature of “Chinese.”  Lectures and discussions will focus on the cultural, social, historical, and political background against which the Chinese language has evolved and continues to evolve.  Of significance will be assessment of the increasing influence of usage of the English language and the Internet in China and Taiwan. 

Given China’s increased foreign interaction, this course will also include a discussion of the history of translation of the Chinese language into different languages, In this context, translation theories and approaches will be studied and discussed.  

Students will engage in a final project that will apply translation theory to practice.  This final project will be:  1) a translation project from a foreign language into English; or 2) a comparison of different English-language translations of the same original language source.

NOTE:  This is not a course for training in translation or interpretation.

Course Topic Sections:

  • Section I – The Chinese Language (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Dialects, Minority Languages of China
  • Section II – Language and Culture: Language Attitudes, Cultural Usage and Habits
  • Section III – Translation Theories and Approaches, Global Influence of English

Required Text:

Morry Sofer, The Global Translator's Handbook (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2013)


Jerry Norman, Chinese

S. Robert Ramsey, The Languages of China (Princeton 1987)                                             

Reading Selections on Canvas include:

Peter W. Culicover and Elizabeth V. Hume, Basics of Language for Language Learners

John DeFrancis, The Chinese Language – Fact and Fantasy

Edwin Gentzler, Contemporary Translation Theories. Revised 2nd Ed. (Topics in

Translation, 21)

Charles N. Li and Sandra A. Thompson, Mandarin Chinese – A Functional Reference Grammar

Lydia Liu, ed. Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulations

(Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Jerry Norman, Chinese                                               

Morry Sofer, The Translator’s Handbook, 6th Revised Edition (Translator's Handbook)

Lawrence Venuti, The Translator’s Invisibility: A History of Translation. 2nd Ed.


Doug Leshan, A Handbook of English-Chinese Translation (Commercial Press 2002)


ANS 361 • Japan In Deep Ecologcl Pers

31682 • Metzler, Mark
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CAL 221
(also listed as HIS 350L)
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The island world of Japan is a unique place for thinking about ecological history. Ecological history also offers an enlightening standpoint for viewing the deep history of Japan. The course takes in the whole span of Japanese history, from the beginning of human habitation to the present. Topics include ancient Japanese lifeways; climate and history; the development of agriculture; population and resources; Buddhist and animist views of outer and inner nature; urbanization from ancient capitals to Megacity Tokyo; industrialization and energy; the recent nuclear accident at Fukushima and its implications; and future visions.

Readings include influential scholarly works and Japanese primary sources in English translation. The basic text is Conrad Totman, Japan: An Environmental History (I.B. Tauris, 2014; ISBN: 978-1-84885-116-0). Totman’s text will be supplemented by numerous short readings, including selections from Zen Master Dōgen (“Green Mountains Walking”), Ester Boserup (Agricultural Intensification), William Wayne Farris (Japan’s Medieval Population), the Japan Focus article collection on the accident at Fukushima, and selections from the work of modern Japanese environmentalists.

Course requirements and grading:

This is a small-enrollment writing-intensive seminar that follows a discussion rather than a lecture format. Weekly reading notes are required; they will be collected at the beginning of each meeting, returned to you, and graded at the end of the semester.

The class meets only once weekly, and attendance is required.

Grading is based on:

•   Class participation (worth 20% of the course grade), including discussion work and occasional in-class writing. Discussion work is evaluated on both quantity and quality (quality means serious, detailed engagement with the texts).

•   Reading notes (worth 20%)

•   Two essays based on class readings (worth 10% and 15% respectively)

•   Two short midterm exams (worth 10% each)

•   Project work (written report and discussion, worth 15%)

ANS 361 • Pol Econ Devel Postwar Korea

31685 • Oh, Youjeong
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM PAR 302
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This course will explore the political economy of South Korean development during the postwar period. The purpose of this course is to develop critical understanding of history, society, and culture of South Korea. Topics include compressed modernity, developmental state, social movements, gender politics, financial crisis, urbanization, migration, and recent globalization of Korean popular culture. In the context of the relations among state, society, and culture, this course will address the tensions of industrialization, nationalism, authoritarianism, democracy, and globalization in Korea. We will read various audio-visual sources (photo, film, drama, music, cartoon, podcast, and blog), as well as scholarly articles, as a lens through which to reflect upon various sociocultural issues in Korea.

ANS 361 • Political Economy Of Asia

31705 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.208
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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Spring 2017

Political Economy of Asia

GOV 365L/ANS 361 (Writing Flag)

Patricia Maclachlan

TTH: 2:00-3:30 (MEZ 1.208)




This intensive reading and writing course explores key topics in the political-economic development of modern Japan, China and South Korea: the sources of the region’s “miraculous” economic growth rates; the theory of the “Developmental State” and the impact of industrial policy on development; the sources and significance of East Asia’s distinctive corporations (chaebol, keiretsu, Chinese State-Owned Enterprises); the impact of globalization on the region and the processes of economic reform; and the social consequences of East Asian growth models.  We examine these and related topics with reference to both other regions in the world and relevant political science theories.  


In keeping with the “writing flag,” the course will prioritize the development of advanced research and writing skills.


Some knowledge of East Asia and or comparative politics/political economy is recommended but not required.


Grading Policy 

1.  Quizzes on readings (approximately 6):  15%

2.  Two take-home essay assignments (4-5 pages each):  20%

3.  Research paper (approx. 10 pages) in 2 drafts:  40%

4.  Final exam:  25%



There are no required texts for this course. All readings will be posted on Canvas.

ANS 361 • The Chinese In Diaspora

31694 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 0.128
(also listed as AAS 325, HIS 350L)
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In a self-proclaimed “nation of immigrants” such as the United States, our narratives of migration, race, and ethnicity emphasize themes of acculturation and assimilation symbolized by the metaphor of the “melting pot.”  In this class, we will explore experiences of migration, adaptation, and settlement from the perspective of an emigrant society--China--which has one of the longest and most diverse histories of sending merchants, workers, artisans, diplomats, missionaries, and so forth, overseas.  Over the last millennia, Chinese have migrated around the world and made homes under a great range of adversity and opportunity, producing many fascinating stories of encounters with difference and the building of common ground. Drawing upon this rich set of narratives, we will consider some of the following topics:  As ethnic Chinese have moved and settled in so many places among such diverse societies, what is Chinese about the Chinese diaspora? What kinds of skills and attributes have helped Chinese to become arguably one of the most successful migrant groups? What do Chinese share in common with other migrant groups? How do Chinese adapt their identities and cultures under different circumstances?  What can Chinese experiences of migration contribute to contemporary debates and perceptions of migrants and different kinds of migration?

Chirot, Daniel and Anthony Reid, ed. Essential Outsiders: Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997.

Kuhn, Philip A. Chinese Among Others: Emigration in Modern Times. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.

Louie, Vivian. Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004

Lui, Mary. The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Roberts, J.A.G., China to Chinatown: Chinese Food in the West. London: Reaktion, 2002.

Wang Gungwu. The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000. 

25 % Class participation and attendance

24 % Two 2-3 page book reviews

36 % 9-10 page research paper

10 % In-class presentation of research

5% peer review

ANS 361 • The Two Koreas And The US

31690 • Oppenheim, Robert
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 2.118
(also listed as AAS 325, ANT 324L, GOV 360N, HIS 364G)
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This course will examine the production, distribution, and consumption of East Asian popular culture. Specific topics include Hong Kong cinema, Japanese animation, Japanese trendy dramas, Korean television dramas, and K-pop music. Noting the “globalization” phenomenon, this course will address what has caused the increasing visibility of East Asian cultural products outside of the region. The growing recognition of East Asian pop culture around the globe, however, has also accompanied by more vibrant circulations of the cultural products and interactions among recipients within the region. Therefore, this course will take the globalization of popular culture as an analytical lens through which to reflect modernity, tensions of (trans)nationalism, urbanization, gender politics, and identity formations in East Asia.

ANS 362 • Research In Asian Studies

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Individual instruction for Asian studies majors and nonmajors. Discussion, research, and the writing of papers about various general and specialized Asian subjects.  Prerequisite: Six semester hours of coursework in Asian studies and
written consent of instructor on form obtained from the undergraduate adviser.

ANS 372 • Art In The Himalayas

31714 • Leoshko, Janice
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM DFA 2.204
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 372 • Buddhist Art

31739 • Leoshko, Janice
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM DFA 2.204
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 372 • Globalizing E Asian Pop Cultr

31715 • Oh, Youjeong
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WAG 308
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This course will examine the production, distribution, and consumption of East Asian popular culture. Specific topics include Hong Kong cinema, Japanese animation, Japanese trendy dramas, Korean television dramas, and K-pop music. Noting the “globalization” phenomenon, this course will address what has caused the increasing visibility of East Asian cultural products outside of the region. The growing recognition of East Asian pop culture around the globe, however, has also accompanied by more vibrant circulations of the cultural products and interactions among recipients within the region. Therefore, this course will take the globalization of popular culture as an analytical lens through which to reflect modernity, tensions of (trans)nationalism, urbanization, gender politics, and identity formations in East Asia.

ANS 372 • Krishna In Indian Lit

31720 • Snell, Rupert
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM MEZ 2.122
(also listed as R S 341)
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This course investigates Krishna as an expression of the divine, especially as viewed through the many devotional traditions that came to pervade Indian culture from medieval times. Krishna is both the philosophical counselor of the Bhagavad Gita and, with quite a different character and emphasis, is the “divine lover” whose amorous games on the Yamuna riverbank are described in the Sanskrit Bhagavata Purana and its myriad vernacular retellings. We will study texts in translation from both traditions, with an emphasis on north Indian portrayals of Krishna in poetry and art. Temple traditions, performance styles, and sectarian movements will be introduced and discussed, as will the various ways in which Krishna is equated with (or differentiated from) both Rama and Vishnu. Students who wish to study devotional texts in the original Hindi should consult the instructor about enrolling in the parallel HIN 130D class, which will introduce poetry in the Braj Bhasha dialect of Hindi.



Archer, W.G. The loves of Krishna in Indian painting and poetry. London, Allen and Unwin, 1957.

Barz, Richard, The Bhakti sect of Vallabhacharya. Delhi, Munshiram Manoharlal, 1992.

Bryant, Edwin F. (trans.) Krishna : the beautiful legend of God ; ?r?mad Bh?gavata Pur?n?a, Book X. London, Penguin, 2003.

Bryant, Edwin F. (ed.), Krishna: a source-book. Oxford, OUP, 2007.

Bryant, Kenneth E., Poems to the child-god : structures and strategies in the poetry of Surdas. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1978.

Hawley, John Stratton, Krishna, the butter thief. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1983.

Jayadeva, trans. Barbara Stoller Miller,  Love song of the dark lord : Jayadeva's Gitagovinda. Various editions. Kinsley, David R., The divine player : a study of Krsna lila. Delhi,  Motilal Banarsidass, 1979.

Miller, Barbara Stoler (ed. & trans.) The Bhagavad-Gita : Krishna's counsel in time of war. New York, Columbia University Press, 1986.



Class discussion — 20%

Weekly response papers — 20%

Two essays @ 20% = 40%

Book review — 20%

ANS 372 • Sex/Sexuality Muslim World

31725 • Shirazi, Faegheh
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 101
(also listed as ISL 372, R S 358, SOC 321K, WGS 335)
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Although issues about sexuality are assumed to be personal, private, and intimate, they are a significant part of the public and political fabric of our society, particularly those nations that are ruled by the religious constitutions or in which religion plays an important role within the culture of the society. Sexuality is related to our status and rights as citizens. For the most part sexual jurisprudence and the issue of sexuality in Islam are covered in the Qur`an (Holy scripture), and in the sayings of prophet Muhammad (hadith), and in the rulings of religious leaders (fatwa). However, there are multiple “Islamic” views on sexuality. The schools of law vary, for instance, in the rulings about the permissibility of the use of contraceptives, abortion, fertility treatment, and acceptance of homosexuality, lesbianism, transsexuality, bisexuality, cross-dressing, and gender re-assignment. In addition, numerous cultural interventions could be responsible for interpretation of sexual behavior of a given society.

In general permissible sexual relationships as described in Islamic sources speak about the pleasure of sex as a normal human desire and explain that sex is a great way for the couples involved to show their love and caring for each other. At the same time there are prohibitions against extra marital sexual relations, and any other form of sexual relationship that is outside the legal and religious binds of marriage between a man and a woman is strictly forbidden.  

This course will introduce students to readings on sexual behavior in several Islamic countries and among Muslims by examining Islamic Sharia (religious law) in literature, scientific biological, psychological, sociological, anthropological studies as well as in the arena of art, and film industry.


Two-volume reader packet prepared by the instructor


Regular Attendance 5%

One time in Class presentation from assigned readings 10%

Four quizzes = 15% (lowest grade will be dropped)

Midterm Exam= 35%

Exam Two= 35%


ANS 372 • South Asian Migration To US

31740 • Bhalodia-Dhanani, Aarti
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 3.114
(also listed as AAS 325, HIS 365G, WGS 340)
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Flag: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.

This course examines the South Asian diaspora in United States. We will cover migration of people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal to United States and other parts of the world. While studying the history and culture of South Asian America, we will discuss globalization, transnationalism, migration, assimilation, formation of a diaspora, discrimination, and gender and sexuality, all major themes in Asian American Studies. The course is arranged chronologically and thematically. We will start in the nineteenth century following the journey of the first South Asian migrants to US. We will then move on to studying the Bengali and Punjabi immigrants to U.S. and the formation of Bengali-African and Punjabi-Mexican communities. We will study the effects of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act on South Asian migration to US. Topics covered include economic and social reasons for migration, adaptation to American life, cultural and religious assimilation, changing family structures, and discrimination and exclusion. We will end the semester by discussing South Asian American life in the twenty-first century.


Course Objectives


Through the semester we will study more than a century of South Asian American history. A primary goal of this course is to highlight the diversity in South Asian America. We will encounter a diaspora whose members belong to different religious, linguistic, economic and social groups. Many came to the United States forcibly to seek economic opportunities lacking at home. Others came enthusiastically with dreams of making it “big” in the land of abundant opportunities. We will ask ourselves how monolithic is the South Asian community? We will also examine South Asian American interactions with other Asian American groups in the fields of social activism and community development.


Assignments and Grading


15%   Attendance and participation

25%   Exam 1

25%   Exam 2

5%     Research paper topic and bibliography

5%     Research paper presentation


25%   Research paper


Textbook: Karen Isaken Leonard, The South Asian Americans (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997). 


Selections from the following:

 Vivek Bald, Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013).        


 Judith M. Brown, Global South Asians: Introducing the Modern Diaspora (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).       


Shamita Das Gupta edited, A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in America (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1998).        


Khyati Y. Joshi and Jigna Desai, Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South (University of Illinois Press, 2013)     


Susan Kosby and R. Radhakrishnan edited, Transnational South Asians: The Making of a Neo-Diaspora (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).


Karen  Isaken  Leonard,  Making Ethnic Choices: California’s Punjabi Mexican Americans (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992).

ANS 372 • Veiling In The Muslim World

31735 • Shirazi, Faegheh
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 101
(also listed as ANT 324L, ISL 372, MEL 321, R S 358, SOC 321K, WGS 340)
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This course will deal with the cultural significance and historical practices of veiling, “Hijab”, in the Muslim world. The issue of veiling as it relates to women has been subject to different interpretations and viewed from various perspectives, and with recent political developments and the resurgence of Islam, the debate over it and over women’s roles in Muslim countries has taken various shapes.  A number of Muslim countries are going back to their Islamic traditions and implementing a code of behavior that involves some form of veiling in Public /or segregation to various degrees for women. In some Muslim nations women are re-veiling on their own. In others, women resist the enforcement of such practices. We will examine the various perspectives, interpretations and practices relating to Hijab in the Muslim world with respect to politics, religion, feminism, culture, new wave of women converts and the phenomenon of “Islamic fashion” as a marketing tool.    

Prerequisites:  Upper Division Standing


Active participation (assigned article with discussion questions/ is a group activity) 10%

Regular Class Attendance 5%

3 quizzes (Lowest grade will be dropped) 20%

Midterm Exam 30%

Final Research Paper (20%), and Oral Presentation %15 (This is a group activity)


1- Reader Packet. 


 Faegheh Shirazi. The Veil Unveiled: Hijab in Modern Culture. University Press of Florida, 2001, 2003 

 ** I suggest that you to order this book as soon as possible on line from any vender that you normally purchase your books. I have been pleased with since I am always able to find used books in good conditions. Another good book store with discount prices will be Half Price Books.

I will announce when the Reader Packet is ready for purchase. We will start with the text first.

ANS 372 • Yoga As Philos And Practice

31730 • Phillips, Stephen
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM GAR 1.126
(also listed as PHL 356, R S 341G)
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This course surveys the origins of yogic practices in early Indian civilization and traces the development of Yoga philosophies through the Upanishads, BHAGAVAD GITA, YOGA-SUTRA, Buddhist, Jaina, and tantric texts, as well as works of neo-Vedanta. We shall try to identify a set of claims common to all classical advocates of yoga. We shall look at both classical and modern defenses and criticisms, especially of alleged metaphysical and psychological underpinnings of the practices. No previous background in Indian philosophy is necessary, but students with no previous course work in philosophy or in psychology should contact the instructor.

ANS 379 • Art Of Autobiography In Jpn

31765 • Cather, Kirsten
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM CLA 0.108
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This seminar examines autobiographies written by prominent figures in Japan from the tenth century to the present and considers how they negotiated their lives and their legacies through the act of self-portraiture. We will look at how these works are informed by both the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written and by the genre itself. Examples include works by highborn ladies-in-waiting and imperial consorts in the premodern era; samurai men who found their class on the verge of extinction in the mid-19th century; and avant-garde artists and filmmakers in the 20th and 21st centuries. In order to consider in depth how the form or medium guides the content of these self-portraits, our objects of study will encompass a wide variety of mediums that go beyond the traditional book form to include paintings, poems, songs, films, and manga.
This is a Writing Flag and Global Cultures Flag course. In this class, you can expect to write and revise regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback from your instructor and your peers to help you improve your academic writing. You should expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your written work. It is also designed to increase your familiarity with practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.

Required Materials:

1) Books to Purchase (available at Co-op, or feel free to purchase on your own, but be sure to get the right version):

**Lady Kagerō, The Kagerō Diary: A Woman's Autobiographical Text from Tenth-Century Japan (ca.
974), trans. Sonja Arntzen
**Lady Nijō, The Confessions of Lady Nijō (1307)
**Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai (1843)

**Jun’ichi Saga, Confessions of a Yakuza: A Life in Japan’s Underworld (1989)
**Mishima Yukio, Confessions of a Mask (1949)

ANS 379 • Cuisine And Culture In Asia

31760 • Stalker, Nancy
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 302
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May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Asian Studies 378 and 379 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: For Asian studies and Asian cultures and languages majors, twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in Asian studies or Asian languages; for others, upper-division standing.

ANS 379 • Cul Mem/Classic Chinese Nov

31755 • Lai, Chiu
Meets M 4:00PM-7:00PM CLA 0.120
(also listed as C L 323)
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  • Course meets with Comparative Literature CL 323
  • All lectures and readings in English; no previous background in Chinese language, culture or literature is required.
  • Course carries the Writing and the Global Cultures Flags

Course Texts:       [All course texts available at the University Co-op Bookstore]

  • Pu Songling (Author), John Minford, trans. Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio (Penguin Classics, 2006)
  • Recommended:  Richard J. Smith, The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) [QDTCC]
  • Other Readings on Canvas Course site.

Capstone Course Description – Cultural Memory and the Classic Chinese Novel

  • Spring 2017 Novel:  Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio (Liaozhai zhi yi)

The focus of this course is on the masterpiece 18th c. Chinese collection of short fiction, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio (Liaozhai zhiyi 聊齋誌異).  Lectures and seminar-style discussion will examine the tropes and mythology from Chinese cultural memory that are present in this classic collection by Qing Dynasty writer, Pu Songling 蒲松齡 (1640-1715). (Collection printed posthumously in 1766.)  In particular, the course will introduce students to one of the most well-known Chinese genres of fiction, known as the “strange and deviant” (zhi guai 志怪 and chuanqi 傳奇), one that holds a significant place in Chinese cultural memory.

Lectures and background readings will provide literary and socio-historical contexts for the collection. In order to understand thematic concepts present in Pu Songling’s reimagining of the supernatural, the course will also introduce a cross-section of earlier influential works, such as accounts of immortals, goddesses, and shape-shifters.  Complementary study will include the viewing of modern-day visual and dramatic representations greatly influenced by this “genre of the strange.”  As appropriate, students are encouraged to examine influence of this genre as seen in Anime themes. 

The core of the seminar will be the intensive reading and study of Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. The approach to reading Pu Songling’s short fiction is modeled after the original nature of the genre, where “accounts of the strange” were considered a form of alternative popular history. Thus, these accounts belonged in the public sphere, rather than in the elitist and mainstream literary canon. The accounts were transmitted in various guises through oral tradition and reimagined in the written vernacular classical language by writers such as Pu Songling, a reimagining not unlike contemporary “fan fiction.”

Course Grade Based On:

  • There is no final written exam in this course. 
  • There is a class attendance policy.
  • No late assignments are accepted; no make-up of missed assignments and presentations allowed

I.        20%     Class discussion, participation and “preparedness” (including in-class informal writing)

II.       50%     Reading and Discussion Questions –1-page Response Writings

III.      15%     One 5-6 page Research Inquiry Note

IV.       10%     One Oral Presentation, Roundtable Lead Discussant

V.        5%       One “Fan Fiction” scenario piece (2-3 pages)