ANS 381 • Traditional Chinese Culture
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This class provides a selective introduction to issues in the Western-language scholarship on traditional China. This semester we focus on the relationship between history and archaeology in recent studies of pre-Imperial China. Nearly eighty years of modern archaeology in China has produced a wide array of data that have revolutionized our understanding of ancient history. As new texts and artifacts continue to be unearthed, historians struggle to reconcile this new knowledge about the past with a received historical tradition that goes back 2000 years. This tension between received historical knowledge and modern archaeology puts archaeology at the heart of fierce historiographic debates. This course will explore these issues in recent scholarship, focusing particularly on recent archaeological discoveries and their impact on the historiography of ancient China.
Class participation: 15% Reading journal: 15% 2 book reviews: 30 % total Term paper: 40%