Literature and Technology in Early Modern China

EAST 1951 S01 [CRN: 24533]

This course explores relations between Chinese literature and technical know-how from 1368 to 1911. Introducing recent scholarship in the history of science and technology, the course challenges students to re-define technology in the context of China’s changing Confucian education system, booming market economy, and the multiethnic empire. We will investigate the ways in which knowledge about medicine, handicrafts, and foreign lands transformed the form and content of poetry, novels, and belle-lettres. Topics include a merchant’s encyclopedia, carpenters’ spell, Confucian engineers’ autofiction, novel medicine, and female scholars. Prerequisites: None. DPLL
Term
Spring 2018
Credit Hours
1
Maximum Enrollment
40
Course Attributes
Diverse Perspectives in LL
Primary Instructor
Meetings
15:00 - 17:30 Wed - from Jan 24, 2018 to May 18, 2018
Exam Group Code
14