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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2005

ANS 372 • Cultural History of Late Imperial China-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29190 W
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
MEZ 2.124

Course Description

This course presents a cultural history of China from the fourteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. Topics covered include the following: Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism; Buddhism and Daoism; syncretism, heterodoxy, and cults; science, technology, and medicine; education and civil examinations; literature; women's writings; popular culture; China and the West; fall of the Ming dynasty; evidential scholarship; and the Opium Wars with the West. We will focus on primary documents (in translation), including commentaries on the Confucian classics and Neo-Confucian philosophy; novels, drama, and literary criticism; religious scriptures of Buddhists, Daoists, and religious cults; writings by and about women; Christian writings; imperial edicts, memorials to the emperor, policy essays, and civil examination essays; scientific, technological, and medical treatises; village ordinances, family instructions, and property and marriage contracts; first-hand accounts of the fall of the Ming Dynasty; and proposals to ban opium, suppress rebellions, and defend against the West. These readings will be supplemented with the most recent secondary historical research. We will take an interdisciplinary and critical approach, integrating history with literary studies, philosophy, and anthropology.


Course Reader. All readings will also be available through electronic reserves, These readings will include selections from the following: Four Books (Analects, Mencius, Mean, and Great Learning), ed. Zhu Xi (1130-1200) Empress Xu (fl. 1410), Instructions for the Inner Quarters Wang Yangming (1472-1528), Instructions for Practical Living Anon., Precious Volume of the Nine-Petaled Lotus (1523) Li Zhaoen (1517-1598), "Direct Pointing to the Mind as Sage" Song Yingxing (1587-1661), Exploiting the Works of Nature Anon., The Plum in the Golden Vase (16th century) Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), The True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven Cao Xueqin, The Story of the Stone (also known as Dream of Red Mansions, 1763)


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