Courses for Fall 2016

  • Words on Things: Literature and Material Culture in Early Modern China

    This course examines Chinese literary representation of artifacts written between 1000 to 1900 CE. Our discussion will highlight international trade and the transforming science and technology in early modern China. The course aims to guide students to conduct inter-artistic analysis as a means to decipher the political, religious, gendered, and technical significance embedded in literary representation of material objects. To emphasize a comparative perspective, we will also draw on scholarship outside of the field of Chinese literature. We will explore artifacts in the following categories: illustration, painting and calligraphy, seals, ceramics, furniture, and textile. DPLL
    EAST 1030 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • China Modern: An Introduction to the Literature of Twentieth-Century China

    A general introduction to modern and contemporary Chinese literature from the May Fourth Movement to contemporary Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Emphasizes reading of literary works in relation to topics such as cultural tradition, modernity, nationalism, revolution, class, gender, region, cultural commodification, and literary innovations. Readings in English. No previous knowledge of Chinese required. LILE
    EAST 1070 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
  • Introduction to Japanese Cinema

    This course examines the cinema of Japan, from the 1930s to the present. Students will learn to “read” film as a visual text through a study of the basics of film editing and shot composition and will gain an understanding of cinema as art form, commercial product, and ideological tool through selected articles on film theory and published analyses of the assigned films. In addition, we will place the films within their specific context through a study of Japanese history, religious thought, and cultural trends. DPLL
  • Chinese: A History of the Language

    This course traces the historical evolution of modern Chinese, commonly known as Mandarin. We will examine the uniqueness of Chinese characters, and explore their relationship to other features of the language, including word formation, phonology, grammar, and dialects. The goal will be to understand the manner by which the written script has become so central to the development of Chinese civilization.
    EAST 1510 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Li
  • Independent Study

    Sections numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1910 S01
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S05
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1910 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Reading and Writing of the Honors Thesis

    Prior admission to honors candidacy required. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1930 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Li
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S03
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Perry
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Brokaw
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Putterman
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Chin
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Li
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1930 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Nedostup
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Prose of the World: Understanding Late Imperial China through Fiction and Belles-Lettres

    This course introduces the culture and society of late imperial China through fiction and prose written between 1368 and 1911. The course aims to analyze literary work as the interface of social development and cultural renovation. A chronological exposure to various geographical regions is structured under three conceptual frameworks: cultural belatedness as abundant historical reference; early modernity as commercialization; and pre-modern China encountering the world. The balanced selection of readings in four major literary genres, written by male and female authors, cover topics including: social uprising, the imperial court, civil examination, diplomacy, urban market, travel, religious cult, and courtesan culture. Prerequisites: None. DPLL
    EAST 1951A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Chen
  • Senior Reading and Research: Selected Topics

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    EAST 1990 S01
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Levy
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Lee
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    McClain
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S09
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S10
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Roth
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Viswanathan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Wang
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    EAST 1990 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Yamashita
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Courses of Interest to Concentrators

    East Asian Studies is a highly interdisciplinary concentration. The following courses in other departments can be taken for concentration credit. Please check the listing of the appropriate department for the time and location of each course.

    Comparative Literature
    COLT 0610T Chinese Literature and Empire
    EAST XLIST 0