HIS 350L • Cul History of Late Imperial China - W
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 of 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.
Required Texts: Course reader (readings will also be on electronic reserves, http://reserves.lib.utexas.edu). These readings will include selections from the following: Four Books (Analects, Mincius, mean, and Great Learning), ed Zhu Xi (1130-1200) Instructions for the inner Quarters, Empress Xu (fl. 1410). Instructions for Practical Living, Wang Yangming (1472-1528). Precious Volume of the Nine-Petaled Lotus, Anon. (1523). Direct Pointing to the Mind as Sage, Li Zhaoen (1517-1598). Exploiting the Works of Nature, Song Yingxing (1587-1661). The Plum in the Golden Vase, Anon. (16th Century). Grading: (1) Before class write a brief summary of the readings, to be handed in at the beginning of class. Notes on each of the readings should usually be two short paragraphs -- one summarizing the central argument and one offering critical analysis -- for a total of 2 to 3 pages per week. Students should complete notes for two of three readings per week, and for ten of the fifteen weeks. These will be graded and will serve as the basis for class discussions. Grading: reading assignments 80%, class participation 20%. (2) Complete a final paper of 20 pages. Students should consult me as early as possible on possible topics. An outline and bibliography are due by the eighth week; a first draft must be turned in by the twelfth week; and the final draft is due on the final day of class. Grading: final paper 80%, class participation 20%. Crosslisting: ANS 372