Humanities 1914 (CRN 97204), Fall 2010
Explorations in Traditional Asian Cultures
Class times and location:
Tuesday and Thursday 11-12:15; McBryde 226
Instructor: Dr. Peter L. Schmitthenner
Office: 111 Lane Hall (enter through 114)
Because I’m a department chair, I’m regularly in my office almost every day.
231-6551 if you wish to speak with me or make an appointment.
If you need to reach me
in the evenings or on weekends, call 552-0687.
Please don’t call after 10 p.m.
to e-mail (
) regularly during daytime hours on weekdays, but more
sporadically at night and on weekends.
This course will introduce you to the salient cultural characteristics of
the major pre-modern Asian civilizations of the Middle East, South Asia (India, etc.),
East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), Southeast Asia, and Central Asia.
of the human condition represented by these traditions are compared in case studies
incorporating historical, literary, philosophical, and artistic works.
(All are available at Tech, University, and Volume Two bookstores. The first text is
required by all.
The remaining texts are if you pursue certain requirements.
Requirements and Evaluation for details.)
* Kevin Reilly.
Worlds of History, A Comparative Reader, Volume One: To 1500
Bedford/St. Martins, 2010.
As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams: Recollections of a Woman in Eleventh-
Translated by Ivan Morris.
Women Writing in India
600 B.C. to the Present.
Volume I: 600 B.C. to the
Early Twentieth Century.
Edited by Susie Tharu and K. Lalitha.
The Feminist Press,
* Stewart Gordon.
When Asia was the World: Travelling Merchants, Scholars,
Warriors, and Monks who created the “Riches of the East.”
Da Capo Press, 2008.
* Joann Faung Jean Lee.
Asian Americans: Oral Histories of First to Fourth
Generation Americans from China, the Philippines, Japan, India, and Pacific
Islands, Vietnam, and Cambodia
New Press, 1991.
Curricular Value of Course
This course has no prerequisites. It is intended for students from all disciplines with no or