Literature and Social Inequality in Late Imperial China

EAST 0600 S01 [CRN: 15655]

This course explores the social inequality and resistant movements represented in fiction, prose and poetry written in late imperial China. We will read literary works to investigate the inequalities sustained or challenged in five social arenas, namely socioeconomic class, gender, urban/rural division, ethnic distinction, and China/foreign difference. The balanced selection of readings in three major literary genres, written by male and female authors, cover topics including a social uprising, religious cult, legal trial, civil examination, courtesan culture, urban market, multiethnic court, diplomacy, and travel. Prerequisites: None. DPLL
Fall 2017
18:40 - 20:00 Tue, Thu - from Sep 6, 2017 to Dec 21, 2017