Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

ANS 301M • S Asia At The Crssrd Of Empire

30819 • Huacuja Alonso, Isabel
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 134
(also listed as HIS 306N)
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South Asia at the Crossroads of Empire

Challenging the conventional chronology of South Asian history, in this course we will study the late colonial and early post-colonial periods together. Some of the events we will cover include: the climax of anti-colonial movements in South Asia, WWII as it developed in South and Southeast Asia, the partition of British India, the two Indo-Pakistan wars, and the 1971 Bangladesh War. While we will read secondary literature, we will analyze many primary sources, including original radio broadcasts and oral history interviews. We will also study artistic interpretations of historical developments, including short stories, films, and radio drama. While studying this period, we will aim to develop a narrative of the region that accomplishes two major objectives. First we will strive to remain attentive to the important changes engendered by colonialism, while simultaneously recognizing the agency of South Asians in formulating their own modernities during this critical period. Second, we will seek to develop a narrative that approaches South Asia as a region, but remains attentive to parallel and/or connected events in other regions, including Southeast Asia and the Middle East..


Required Books

1. India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha:


2. The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories by Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar


Other readings as assigned.


Grading Policy

Six quizzes:  30%;  5 short response papers –  40%; mid-term and final in-class exams – 25% attendance 5%.

ANS 301R • History Of Religions Of Asia

30820 • Freiberger, Oliver
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am UTC 3.122
(also listed as CTI 310, R S 302)
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This course offers a survey of the major religious traditions of Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism in South and East Asia, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto). It focuses on the historical development of their beliefs, practices, rituals, and customs in social context. The course will combine lectures with class discussions on readings.

Course materials:

  1. Willard G. Oxtoby, Roy C. Amore, eds. World Religions: Eastern Traditions. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  2. R. K. Narayan, The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2000.
  3. Zhuangzi: Basic Writings, translated by Burton Watson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
  4. Readings provided as PDF files on CANVAS


Attendance/participation: 20%

Two quizzes: 20% (10% each)

Two short essays: 20% (10% each)

Midterm exam: 20%

Final exam: 20%

ANS 302C • Introduction To China

30825 • Sena, David M
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am UTC 4.112
(also listed as HIS 302C)
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Geographically, linguistically, ethnically, and economically, China today is a land of diversity, characterized by striking regional variations. Yet underlying this diversity is a shared cultural heritage: a unifying set of historical, literary, and artistic traditions, philosophical and religious ideas, political institutions, and a common writing system. This course introduces the study of Chinese society and culture through an examination of the cultural unities and diversities, continuities and discontinuities that comprise the historical development of Chinese civilization. Topics include philosophy and religion; cosmology and the life cycle; literature and arts; science, technology and medicine; power and authority; gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity. This course provides a foundation for continued study of Chinese history and society for students who plan to go on to more specialized, upper-division courses including Chinese anthropology, history, literature, sociology, economics, law, policy, international business, art history, architecture, environmental science, and philosophy.

Course Goals:

The primary learning goal for this course is to acquire a broad understanding of the historical development of civilization in China. This course adopts a "hands on" approach by asking students to consider primary historical evidence of both a textual and visual nature. Therefore, a second goal of this course is to develop one's ability to interpret texts and images as historical evidence by considering such material within its particular cultural, social, and political context. The ultimate goal of the course is to acquire a richer understanding of Chinese civilization and to develop research skills that will facilitate continued study of and coursework on China and East Asia.

This course carries a University Global Cultures Flag. The goal of this flag is to challenge students to explore the beliefs and practices of non-U.S. cultural communities in relation to their own cultural experiences so that they engage in an active process of self-reflection.

Course readings:

Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Cambridge Illustrated History of China,2nd Edition (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Additional required readings consisting of primary historical sources drawn from a wide variety of archaeological, literary, and archival materials will be distributed electronically via the course website.

Grading Final grades will be calculated according to the criteria below. Grades of plus/minus will be assigned as appropriate.

Class participation and attendance: 10% Quiz: 5% 3 Tests: 60% (20% each) Final exam: 25%

ANS 302D • Intro To Korean Cul And Hist

30830 • Oppenheim, Robert M
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 201
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Introduction to Korea's history, culture, and civilization from antiquity to the present.  Asian Studies 301M (Topic 10) and 302D may not both be counted.

ANS 302K • Introduction To South Asia

30833 • Snell, Rupert
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WCH 4.104
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ANS 320 • Modern Islam & Pop Fiction

30840 • Mohammad, Afsar
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.204
(also listed as C L 323, ISL 372, R S 373)
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In this course, we will focus on various literary representations of modern Islam in contemporary popular fiction. Ever since the 1900s, Islam came to be redefined globally, as several modernist and post-modernist scholars/writers/artists began to turn their attention towards it, thus paving the way for what can be called a “Modern Islam.” Consequently, Islam has become a complicated site, which continuously goes through multiple revisions, making it difficult to speak of one narrative of Islam and Islamic belonging. We will read selections from major novels, a few stories and autobiographical essays published and well-discussed since the 1980s. These literary works represent Islam in its multiple complexities and differences. In order to figure out how these writers of popular novelistic texts represent Islam at the crossroads of modernity, we will engage with theories of modernity.



1.Aslan, Reza. Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle-East, W.W.Norton and Company. 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0393340778


2. Hamid, Mohsin. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Harvest Books. 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0156034029


3. Antoon, Sinan. The Corpse-washer, Yale University Press, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0300205640 4.Abdul-Ghafur, Saleema. Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak, Beacon Press, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0807083833



Weekly Online informal Journal (1-100 word post per week), worth 25% of final grade Reflective Assessment I (1500 words) worth 20% of final grade Oral Presentation (15 minutes class presentation followed by questions and answers), worth 20% of final grade Reflective Assessment II (2000 words), worth 25% of final grade Performance as a Peer Editor, worth 10% of final grade Required Class Activities: University Lectures PCL-Database Instruction session A Visit to the Harry Ransom Research Center

ANS 340 • Japan Rel & Westrn Imagination

30845 • Traphagan, John W.
Meets MWF 900am-1000am BUR 134
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 352)
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This course focuses on how Japanese religious traditions, particularly Zen, have been viewed from the perspective of people living in non-Japanese societies since the end of World War II.  Using Ruth Benedict’s book The Chrysanthemum and the Sword as a starting point, we will explore different ways in which non-Japanese have imagined Japanese religious and ethical ideas and both explained Japanese behavior and adopted (often stereotyped) ideas about Japan into their writings about philosophy and life.  We will discuss and deconstruct works by authors such as Alan Watts, Eugene Herrigel (Zen in the Art of Archery), and Roberg Pirsig (Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) as a framework for thinking about how Japanese religious and ethical ideas have been imagined in the West. 


  • Weekly reading reaction papers, 30%
  • Final, take home exam, 40%
  • Group project, 30%


We will discuss and deconstruct works by authors such as Alan Watts, Eugene Herrigel (Zen in the Art of Archery) and Robert Pirsig (Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) as a framework for thinking about how Japanese religious and ethical ideas have been imagined in the West.

ANS 340 • Ritual & Religion In Korea

30865 • Oppenheim, Robert M
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm CLA 0.118
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 352)
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ANS 340S • Chinese In The United States

30870 • Hsu, Madeline Y.
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm GAR 0.132
(also listed as AAS 325, HIS 340S)
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Considering U.S. history through the lens of Chinese experiences emphasizes the national development of ideas and practices concerning immigration controls, rights to citizenship, multiracial societies, forms of multicultural integration and assimilation, and the relationship of the Constitution to varying conceptions of equality. Chinese as a race were the first targets of enforced immigration restrictions. As such, they have played key roles as the United States determined its powers and priorities in enacting immigration controls and its visions for democracy, along with the underlying racial ideologies and conceptions of national belonging.

This course offers an overview of the history of Chinese in America with an emphasis on Chinese American identity and community formations under the shadow of the Yellow Peril. Using primary documents and secondary literature, we will examine structures of work, family, immigration law, racism, class, and gender in order to understand the changing roles and perceptions of Chinese Americans in the United States from 1847 to the present.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

Iris Chang, The Chinese in America; excerpts Yung et al, Chinese American Voices; excerpts, Lai et al, Island; excerpts, Choy et al, The Coming Man; 

 Midterms on lectures and assigned texts. Research paper on Chinese American history.

ANS 341K • Origins Of Modern Japan

30875 • Metzler, Mark
Meets TTH 930am-1100am GAR 1.126
(also listed as HIS 341K)
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FLAGS:   Wr  |  GC


Same as Asian Studies 341K. This course examines Japan’s early modern age, from the end of the warring-states period in the 1500s to the stirrings of the industrial revolution in the mid 1800s.  The main focus is on the period of government by the Tokugawa shoguns (1600–1867), the final era of samurai rule.  Topics include social and economic change, national isolation and national opening, the Meiji revolution, and the origins of modern nationalism, imperialism, and democracy.   We pay special attention to the subjective experiences of Japanese men and women who lived and created Japan’s distinctive path to modernity.


Conrad Totman, Early Modern Japan, University of California Press, 1993.

Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, trans. Teruko Craig, University of Arizona Press, 1991.

Yamakawa Kikue, Women of the Mito Domain, trans. Kate Wildman Nakai, Stanford University Press, 2001.

And other readings TBA


•   two midterm exams (worth 20% each)

•   two essays on class readings (15% each)

•   final exam (20%)

•   active class participation (10%). Attendance is required.


ANS 341M • Imperial Japan

30880 • Stalker, Nancy K.
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.120
(also listed as HIS 341M)
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This course covers Japanese history from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century.  During this period Japan experienced rapid change, a transformation from a feudal, agrarian country into a modern nation-state and economic superpower.  The class format will include lectures, discussions, films and media clips.  Lectures and the textbook will provide historical context for the additional reading assignments, which include historical documents, short stories and fiction, oral histories and other forms of nonfiction that address social and cultural experiences.  Films will include both documentaries and narrative accounts of historical events. 

ANS 361 • Consumer Politics In E Asia

30884 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 2.102
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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Consumer Politics in East Asia (Global Cultures Flag)

GOV 365L (#37789)/ ANS 361 (#30884)

Fall 2015


Prof. Patricia L. Maclachlan

TTH 9:30-11:00, MEZ 2.102



            This new upper division course for fall 2015 explores the politics and political economy of consumption in East Asia, with an emphasis on Japan, South Korea and China.  Over the course of the semester, we will explore the relationship between “consumer” and “producer” identities in the political economies of the region; the origins, evolution and influence of consumer movements in the political and judicial spheres; the place of consumption and saving in state-led economic development; and the implications of consumer preferences on trade. These and related topics will be addressed with systematic reference to comparable trends in the West and to the relevant literatures on political economy, social movements, and other political science and social science theories.

            The semester will conclude with a special unit on food politics that examines the relationship between consumers and agricultural producers in national and global contexts.  We will explore, for example, how free trade agreements and other dimensions of globalization affect national food consumption patterns and regulatory regimes, relations between consumers and farmers, and the politics of anti-free trade protests as they relate to food.

            The course will combine formal lectures and close readings of relevant texts with student-led discussions.  Students will also have an opportunity to conduct short, independent research projects and to present their findings in class.


Prerequisites: 6 semester hours of lower-division Government courses


Course Requirements:

            1. Participation in class discussions:                  10%

            2. Quizzes (4-5) on key readings:                      10%

            3. Midterm exam:                                             20%

            4. Short research paper:                                    25%

            5. In-class paper presentation:                           10%

            6. Final exam:                                                  25%


Required Texts:

            Sheldon Garon and Patricia L. Maclachlan, eds., Consumer Politics in East Asia: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West.  Cornell University Press, 2006.


            Additional readings will be provided to students via Canvas at the beginning of the semester.


ANS 361 • Gender And Modern India

30885 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets MW 500pm-630pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as HIS 364G)
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Description: This is a three-part course that examines the shifting nature of modernity between precolonial and colonial periods in the Indian subcontinent. The first part immerses students in plural ways of thinking, inhabiting and performing gender. They will be asked to read Sufi and Bhakti poetry, distinguish between biological personhood and social selfhood, place relationships of men and women in wider matrixes of kinship, caste-jati, economy and class formations. The second part will enable students to explore British colonial legal, administrative and economic processes in 1700-1900. These processes reconstituted older codes of gender as well as the structures within which women experienced marriage, abortion, inheritance, divorce and death. In the final segment, each student will evaluate how these developments empowered some women while disabling others. They will learn to assess the contradictory movements by undertaking direct research into one of the reform movements of the nineteenth or twentieth century, or by writing a review essay based on the available books on this theme in the UT library.

Required Reading: 1 text book, 1 novel, and multiple articles and primary documents posted by the instructor on Canvas ( Students must buy:  Geraldine Forbes, Women in Modern India (Cambridge University Press, revised edition) and  Bapsi Sidhwa, Ice Candy Man (older title) Cracking India (new title, Penguin Books, 1989, 1991, 2006).

Required Written Work: 1 map quiz (10), 2 short responses (20) , 1 mid-term with IDs (30), 1 final essay (20).

Grading is based on Attendance (10), in-class discussion of a document (10), and all segments of written work (80)


ANS 361 • Uprising In India-1857

30890 • Guha, Sumit
Meets W 300pm-600pm GAR 2.128
(also listed as HIS 350L)
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FLAGS:   GC  |  Wr  |  II

This is primarily a writing class but the instructor will deliver two introductory lectures. Assignments will build up from short book/video reports up to two longer take-home essays due on October 16 and December 7. Students will be required to critically examine texts and images (including video-film) and confront them, in turn, with the primary sources. The readings/viewings are designed with this end in view.


There is no required textbook; all the readings and notes will be available on the course website. A full list will be found in the syllabus.

For consultation: A companion to the "Indian mutiny" of 1857 / general editor, P.J.O. Taylor (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996) will be held in PCL 2 hour reserve.


Grades distributed as follows: Participation including class questions and peer reviewing 30%; Assignment 1 10%; Assignment 2 15%; Assignment 3 20%; Final essay – 25%

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ANS 361 • Intl Rels Of E/Stheast Asia

30895 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 203
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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International Relations of East and Southeast Asia

GOV 365L-3 (#37790)/ANS 361-23 (#30895)

Global Cultures Flag


Fall 2015


Prof. Patricia L Maclachlan

TTH 12:30-2:00, PAR 203




6 semester hours of lower-division Government courses.  Graduate students may take this course for graduate credit.


Course Description:


This upper division undergraduate course introduces students to some of the major themes and topics in the post-Cold War international relations of East and Southeast Asia: “Great Power” (China, Japan, and the United States) contributions and challenges to the military and economic security of the region, the objectives and processes of economic globalization and institutional integration in the Asia-Pacific, and the impact of nationalism and historical memory on intra-regional affairs.  Along the way, we will explore the ongoing North Korean nuclear threat, tensions between China and Taiwan, and the United States’ so-called Asia Pivot, as well as basic theoretical approaches to the study of international relations.


Grading Policy:


         1.    Quizzes on readings: 15%

         2.    First mid-term exam: 20%

         3.    Second mid-term exam or short research paper:  25%

         4.    Final exam: 40%




         1.    Susan L. Shirk, China: Fragile Superpower (2008)

         2.    Victor Cha, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (2012)

         3.    Daniel Chirot, Gi-Wook Shin, and Daniel Sneider, eds., Confronting

                 Memories of World War II: European and Asian Legacies (2014)


 Additional readings will be provided to students via Canvas at the beginning of the semester.



ANS 361 • Rights & The State: S Asia

30899 • Newberg, Paula
Meets T 330pm-630pm CBA 4.332
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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(Global Cultures Flag)


Autumn 2015:  ANS 361, GOV 365-L

Virtual (combined) Class Number:  v00106)

Tuesday, 3:00 – 6:00 PM


PROFESSOR PAULA NEWBERG                               

BATTS 4.102



Office hours: to be announced, and by appointment


Course overview:  Politics in modern south Asia are shaped, often dramatically, by contests about the nature of rights, the ways that citizens claim their rights, and the ways that states respond to those claims.   Every state in the region contends with popular movements to assert rights, whether through war and insurgencies, experiments with constitutions and the rule of law, or efforts to secure the rights of excluded groups, minorities and the economically disadvantaged.  Each state has also tried variously to promote and protect rights – on their own, and with their neighbors and the international community -- and to limit them in order to consolidate power.

As a result, political change is often accompanied by conflict.  What do rights have to do with political change?  With contemporary cases as our guide, we will explore conflicts in the region by asking how states and societies are meeting the challenges of creating rights-based political orders, and how and why they succeed or fail.   The range of potential topics is intriguing, varied and broad; after our introduction to the field and the region, we will focus on topics related to rights and conflict.

Using political writings, government documents, laws and regulations, social science analysis, local journalism and reporting from local and international organizations we will dissect the meanings of rights in the region, and strive to understand the different ways that these complex issues affect citizens, states, observers and rights advocates.  In the process, we will examine the tools that are employed to protect rights and to limit them, and how reports on rights conditions are developed and used.  As we navigate this complicated terrain, we will explore the nature of conflicts, conflicts about rights, and the ways that south Asia continues to develop.

We will use our readings and discussions to learn about the region through the lenses of rights and governance, and to refine our understanding of rights through the experiences of the people and states that comprise south Asia today.  By the end of the course, each student should have a working understanding of some of the many challenges involving fundamental rights in south Asia, a grasp of analysis and reporting related to rights, and the skills needed to write about rights and politics.  Neither prior experience with the region nor detailed knowledge of human rights is required for this course (although those who have studied either or both are welcome to join the class). 

Prerequisites:  Six hours of lower-division Government courses. 

Requirements:  A seminar succeeds when all of us are fully engaged.  Please use any electronic devices – including computers, tablets, and telephones -- in the classroom only when we are consulting documents or other media that are most easily available online and relevant to the immediate class discussion.  If you carry a cell phone with you, please silence it before class begins.

All seminar members are required to attend all classes punctually; complete all assignments (both written and oral); participate actively in every class and as designated, lead class discussions on assigned readings and written projects.   Your class attendance and participation will contribute significantly to your final grade.

Grading:  Class participation and collegiality will be essential to the success of this seminar. Your oral and written products will be graded on the basis of their clarity, organization, structure and quality of argument, including your ability to marshal evidence to support your arguments.   Grading will be done on a 100-point scale, translated into plus and minus grades.

Participation:  Participation will count toward 40% of the term grade.  As part of class preparation, I will assign 1-2 page reading response memos on topics related to readings and class discussion.  Specific assignments for class discussion will be indicated as we progress through the semester.   All class members are expected to participate in every class session.

Papers:  Each student will be expected to prepare two concise, 1500-1750 word written assignments and a final paper of approximately 2250-2500 words.  Paper #1 (due October 6, 2015) will count toward 15% of your grade; paper #2 (due November 3, 2015), toward 20% of your grade; and paper #3 (due December 51, 2015) for 25% of your grade. 

Everyone is expected to come to talk with me during office hours or other arranged times to discuss paper topics.

Please provide your papers to me in hard copy (in person) as well as electronically.  Please take the time to revise, proofread, and follow accepted form for footnotes and references. 


Penalties for late paper submission will be ½ grade for each late day, unless you provide timely and appropriate documentation from health services or your personal physician. 


Intellectual integrity:  Be sure that your written submissions do not plagiarize the intellectual property of others:  do not copy, without attribution, a sequence of three or more words from a published text, an internet source, grey literature or another person’s work.  Plagiarizing is a form of cheating, and is grounds for a failing grade in this course.  Any incident of plagiarism will be reported to Student Judicial Services.


I expect all students to see me during office hours and other pre-arranged appointments to discuss classroom and written assignments.  Should office hours be inconvenient, please schedule an appointment with me for another time.


Course readings:  Three books are available for purchase:


Jack Donnelly:  Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Third Edition (Cornell University Press, 2003).  Required.


Julie A. Mertus and Jeffrey W. Helsing, eds. (2006):  Human Rights and Conflict:  Exploring Links Between Rights, Law and Peacebuilding. Required.


Timothy Sisk (2013):  Statebuilding:  Consolidating Peace after Civil War.  Recommended.


For reference and background, you might want to refer to a compendium edited by Micheline Ishay entitled The Human Rights Reader:  Major Political Essays, 2nd. Edition.


Other materials (including videos):  I will post class assignments – including PDFs when URLs are not available -- and other notices on Blackboard on a regular basis.   Class readings are generally available online; in some instances, I will distribute materials in class.  Should you miss a class session, please contact me (and perhaps a classmate) for further information. 


Global Cultures:  This course carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.

ANS 372 • Art In The Himalayas

30900 • Leoshko, Janice
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm DFA 2.204
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ANS 372 • Classical Chinese Philosophy

30905 • Sena, David M
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.120
(also listed as CTI 375, PHL 348)
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Course descriptionThis course examines the classical philosophical traditions of Chinese civilization.  Arising during the tumultuous Warring States period (5th-3rd centuries B.C.E), the seminal thinkers and texts of Confucianism, Daoism, and many other of the "hundred schools" set the foundation for discourses in ethics, political philosophy, and metaphysics in Chinese civilization over the next two millennia. Focusing on primary sources in translation, supplemented by a selection of secondary literature, this course introduces a broad range of classical thought, exploring its philosophical, religious, and social dimensions in historical context.

This course carries a University Global Cultures Flag. The goal of this flag is to challenge students to explore the beliefs and practices of non-U.S. cultural communities in relation to their own cultural experiences so that they engage in an active process of self-reflection.

Course textsThe Analects of ConfuciusMoziThe Daodejing of LaoziMenciusZhuangziXunziHan Feizi

A. C. Graham, Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China (1989).

Additional required readings to be distributed electronically.

Gradingparticipation: 15%informal writing: 15%2 short papers: 30%midterm exam: 20%final exam: 20%

ANS 372 • South Asian Migration To US

30915 • Bhalodia, Aarti
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am CMA 3.114
(also listed as AAS 325, HIS 365G)
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This course examines the South Asian diaspora in United States. We will focus on Americans who trace their descent to India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. While studying the history and culture of South Asian America, we will discuss globalization, transnationalism, migration, assimilation, formation of a diaspora, discrimination, and gender and sexuality, all major themes in Asian American Studies. The course is arranged chronologically and thematically. We will start in the early twentieth century following the journey of the first South Asian migrants to arrive in California. The second part of the course will focus on the effects of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Topics covered include economic and social reasons for immigration, adaptation to American life, cultural and religious assimilation, changing family structures, and discrimination and exclusion. We will end the semester by discussing South Asian American life in the twenty-first century.

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. history component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.

ANS 372 • Indian Philosophies

30918 • Phillips, Stephen
Meets MW 200pm-300pm WAG 420
(also listed as PHL 348, R S 341)
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The course is divided roughly into three parts. Approximately the first six weeks are devoted to history and overview. Of special concern (and targeted on the midterm exam) will be the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, along with the claim that Vedanta philosophy (alternatively the teaching of the Buddha) is justified by mystical or yogic experience. We shall also take up questions of ethics, in particular the ahimsa ("non-injury") precept of Jainism and the karma-yoga teaching of the Gita. An overview of the nature of philosophy will occupy us in connection with an introduction to early Buddhism, as well as the transition to classical philosophy. The second part of the course, five weeks, will be devoted to classical Indian philosophy. We'll examine the controversy between the professional debaters of the Nyaya school ("Logic") and the Buddhist anti-intellectual Nagarjuna who rejects Nyaya's theory of knowledge and the school's identification of perception, inference, and testimony as "knowledge sources." Buddhist idealism and its debate with Nyaya will be our next focus, then the interschool controversy between Sankara's Advaita ("Non-dualistic'') Vedanta and the theistic Vedanta of Ramanuja, and finally the Nyaya view of Gangesa on inference and mukti, the "supreme personal good." The last four weeks, we shall return to Indian spirituality and some of the topics of the first part, looking at the Yoga-sutra, Tantra, neo-Vedanta, and modern works concerning meditation and spiritual discipline.

ANS 372 • Translating Taiwan Cinema

30919 • CHAN, SHU C
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GAR 1.126
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Course Description

Life of Pi, Café Lumière, Visage, Pinoy Sunday… It seems like in the new millennium after Taiwan entered WTO a distinctive Taiwan cinema is disappearing with the rise of international coproduction, trading off the local for the global. The invisibility of local race, language and places renders Taiwan cinema unrecognizable. How do we make sense of this? What enabled Taiwan cinema to suddenly become international and does it mean the end of Taiwan’s national cinema? Taiwan is a maritime island and the society has always been under international influences. Few decades ago the goal of official film policy has changed to become international oriented and the system of Taiwan cinema evolved accordingly. Since then there were the emergence of auteur directors, the rise of globe-trotting producers, Taiwan literature’s modernist turn and the literary field’s close tie with the film industry, cross-media productions, networking in international financing and inclusion of international professional crew etc. These have gradually enabled Taiwan cinema to become more compatible with the systems of other cinemas. Taiwan’s leading role in high tech industry and economic accomplishment in the region, despite the island’s diplomatic setback in the 1970s, is also an important facilitating material factor. Taiwan filmmakers’ foreign production is symptomatic of the world’s shift to coproduction and the island’s inherent international character. In translation there is both lost and found. Coproduction is an effective mean for filmmakers from a petit industry situated in a tiny island to seek cultural commonality with the others. In this seminar we will study variety of contemporary Taiwan cinema and diversity of its industrial practice behind the glorified directors and the deceptively simple artisanal mode of production in Taiwan’s multifaceted political economic contexts.


Course packet


Opening Question                    20%

Class presentation                   10%

Midterm Paper                        20%

Final Paper                            40%

Class Participation                   10%


ANS 372 • Decoding Cla Chinese Poetry

30920 • Lai, Chiu-Mi
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.204
(also listed as C L 323)
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  • John Minford and Joseph S.M. Lau, eds. Classical Chinese Literature – An Anthology of Translations, Volume I: From Antiquity to the Tang Dynasty (Columbia, 2002)
  • Please purchase the following required course packet at the University Co-op (includes):
  • David Hawkes, A Little Primer of Tu Fu (Rpt. Renditions, 1995)

This course will provide an introduction to the classical Chinese poetic tradition and is open to all students.  No previous background in Chinese language, culture or literature is required.  Readings in English translation will encompass a selective sampling of poetry from as early as the seventh century B.C.E. through the 9th century.  Lectures and discussions will focus on the literary, cultural, historical, social, political, philosophical, and religious background against which these representative works in poetry arose.  While background reading will be assigned, the focus of lectures and discussion will be on the primary works of poetry.  Course emphasis will be given to poetry of the medieval period of the Tang dynasty (618-907) which is commonly referred to as the “golden age” of Chinese poetry.  Intensive focus and close readings will be given to poetry on the moon by four of pre-modern China’s greatest and most beloved poets, Tao Yuanming 陶淵明 (or Tao Qian 陶潛) (365-427), Wang Wei 王維 (701-761), Li Bo李白 (or Li Bai) (701-762), and Du Fu 杜甫 (712-770). 

The grade for this course will be based on the following:

There is a class attendance policy for this course.  There is no final exam.

 I.          Discussion (15%) 

15%     Class and online discussion, participation and “preparedness”

           In-class Informal Writing and weekly Lead Discussant work

 II.        Writing and Oral Presentation (80%)

50%     Discussion Questions / Expanded Written Responses

25%     Critical Writing (Response Essay, Research Inquiry/Project Paper)

5%       Oral Presentation and leading discussion (selected topic)

 III.       Creative Writing: imitation and matching poems (5%)

5%       Creative Writing: imitation and matching poems (evaluated CR/NC)


ANS 372 • Tale Of Five Chinese Cities

30925 • Tsai, Chien-hsin
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.122
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ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural Hist

30935 • Radhakrishnan, Sankaran
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 5.118
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FLAGS:   GC  |  Wr

ANS 372 • Suicide In Japanese Fiction

30940 • Cather, Kirsten
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.204
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FLAGS:   Wr  |  GC


This course will examine works of Japanese literature and visual culture (including poetry, novels, plays, films, and manga) to analyze how artists grappled with themes of suicide in their works, and sometimes in their lives, in response to both personal and national tragedies. We will discuss the ethics and politics of artistic representations of suicide when it is precipitated by such diverse contexts as failed romances, military honor, and disillusionment and depression. We will also consider how these works provoke questions about the responsibilities of the artist and audience in society. This class requires no background in Japanese language or culture; all readings are in English translation. 

ANS 372 • Taiwan: Coloniality/Postcol

30945 • Tsai, Chien-hsin
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm GAR 0.120
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ANS 372 • Epics And Heroes Of India

30950 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets MW 300pm-430pm CBA 4.326
(also listed as AHC 330, CTI 345, HIS 350L)
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FLAGS:   GC  |  Wr  |  II


This undergraduate seminar focuses on India's classical epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.  Although they originated in ancient times, these two captivating narratives have been retold in different languages and formats over the centuries, including most recently in the form of TV serials and graphic novels.  Among the topics to be explored are the martial ethos of ancient India, the complexities of dharma, the ideology of kingship, traditional gender norms, the recent politicization of the Ramayana, and the use of the epics to counter social and gender hierarchy.  Students will read abbreviated versions of the epics along with excerpts from various translations of the complete narratives; they will also be exposed to other primary sources including paintings, traditional theatrical performances, and modern films and TV shows.


1) Chakravarthi V. Narasimhan, The Mahabharata

2) Gurcharan Das, The Difficulty of Being Good

3) R. K. Narayan, The Ramayana

4) Numerous articles and essays provided on Canvas.


reading responses (6 x 5% each) = 30%; analytical essays (2 x 25% each) = 50 %; film review = 5%; attendance & participation = 15%

ANS 379 • Cuisine And Culture In Asia

30960 • Stalker, Nancy K.
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.204
(also listed as AAS 325)
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FLAGS:   GC  |  Wr  |  

This interdisciplinary senior seminar explores historical, cultural, economic, and geopolitical aspects of food in Asian culture.  Food is common to all humankind, but different varieties of foods or cuisine also serve to identify nations, religious groups, classes/castes and other communities, marking boundaries between ourselves and “Others.” Topics include: the relationship between food and national identity and between food and imperialism/colonialism.  We will read histories and ethnographies of representative Asian foods, analyze gender and class dimensions of food, examine the health claims of certain Asian cuisines, read accounts of culinary travel and memoir, and watch food-themed films and documentaries.   


ANS 379 • Radical Religion: Ascetics

30963 • Freiberger, Oliver
Meets M 300pm-600pm CAL 21
(also listed as R S 375S)
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Radical Religion: Ascetics and Holy Persons

Asceticism, as a concept and a way of life, exists in many religious traditions. Ascetics commit to bodily restraints that can be manifold and are practiced at various levels of intensity. From specific food restraints (for example, vegetarianism) to fasting to death; from celibacy to self-castration; from wearing simple robes to going naked; from shaving one’s head to severe self-mutilation; from living in a monastic community to locking one-self in a cell to constant wandering. Using case studies from various religions, this course discusses the concepts, practices, and goals associated with this radical way of life. It also introduces students to scholarly approaches to asceticism, which includes theories of the body and of culture more generally. Other topics discussed in class are the social status of the ascetic; asceticism and gender; asceticism and devotion; and asceticism and violence. Historical examples will be taken primarily from India (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism) and Mediterranean late antiquity (Greek/Roman religions, Christianity, Judaism).

Readings: Course packet


20% Attendance/participation

20% Reading responses

15% Partner project

45% Research essay