College Bulletin 2023-2024 
    
    Mar 03, 2024  
College Bulletin 2023-2024

LITR 015CH. Introduction to East Asian Humanities


(Cross-listed as ASIA 015 CHIN 015 )
This course is an introduction to the humanistic traditions of China, Japan, and Korea from antiquity to around 1600. We explore some of the foundational ideas, texts, and issues that reflect the East Asian experiences with the self and the world. Through close engagement with a wide variety of source materials selected from all three cultures, we will investigate both the deep connections shared among them and the unique trajectories of each as they approached modernity. To that end, this course focuses on the written artifacts broadly conceivable as literature, historiography, and philosophy, although we will also read some of the canonical works of East Asian religions. Our goal is not to survey everything there is, but to develop a critical ability in both understanding the East Asian traditions and in reflecting upon their relevance to the present day. No prior knowledge or experience with East Asia is required. Open to freshmen and seniors alike. 
Humanities.
1 credit.
Eligible for GLBL-paired.
Fall 2023. Yao.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Literatures in Translation  
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/modern-languages-literatures


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