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Traditional Chinese Literature: Poetry, Fiction, and Drama

Quilts depicting scenes from the Disney movie Mulan.

Two quilts sewn by students as their final project. (Original quilts by Emily Ho and Sarah Sheppard. Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Pearlin.)


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Spring 2007



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Course Description

This course is an introduction to some of the major genres of traditional Chinese poetry, fiction, and drama. Intended to give students a basic understanding of the central features of traditional Chinese literary genres, as well as to introduce students to the classic works of the Chinese literary tradition. Works read include Journey to the West, Outlaws of the Marsh, Dream of the Red Chamber, and the poetry of the major Tang dynasty poets. Literature read in translation. Taught in English.

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