Chinese Empire and Literature

0610T [CRN: 16514]

This course offers an introduction to early imperial Chinese literature and to comparative approaches to colonization, sinicization, and cross-cultural heritage. Readings include China’s most famous work of historical literature, Sima Qian’s Shiji; poems, essays, and visual materials from the Qin-Han to Tang periods; and contemporary representations of early empire in Chinese films. Knowledge of classical Chinese welcome but not required.
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