A Mirror for the Romantic: The Tale of Genji and The Story of the Stone

1420B [CRN: 23802]

In East Asian Buddhist culture, the mirror is a symbol of the mind in both its intellectual and emotional aspects. These masterworks detail the lives and loves of Prince Genji, cynosure of the medieval Japanese court, and Jia Baoyu, the last hope of an influential Chinese clan during the reign of Manchus. We examine both works as well as the sources of Genji and literary aesthetics of the Tang dynasty. Prerequisites: CO 71, RS 83 or 88, or permission of the instructor.
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