CHIN 027. The Story in Dynastic China
(Cross-listed as LITR 027CH )
In this class we will read in translation and discuss a fair sampling of imperial China's most renowned stories. In exploring the most celebrated and influential examples of narrative literature from early times into the Qing dynasty, we will look at these stories, some short, others quite elaborate, in terms of overt structure and content, as well as backgrounded literary and cultural material, and we will address their production and consumption in literati and popular contexts. We also will consider these writings in terms of the formulation of enduring cultural contours of character, allegory, and lyricism; individual and society; aesthetics and emotion; imagination and realism; heroism and valor. All readings will be in English, mostly translations of original texts, with some supplementary writings about traditional Chinese fiction.
Eligible for MDST, ASIA
Fall 2018. Staff.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Chinese
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/chinese
Check the Fall 2017 Schedule of Courses