IAH 207 Lecture Notes 1-3

IAH 207 Lecture Notes 1-3 - XIONG 1 IAH 207-015 M....

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XIONG 1 IAH 207-015 M. 1/11/10-Lecture 1 Cross-Cultural Heritage of Asia x The Ideographical Language and the Cultural logic The Phonetic Dimension Similarities: o Four sets of syllables have the same consonants and vowels. Differences: o Tone- marks differentiate four identical syllables in terms of four tones/signs. The interrelation between similarity and differences: o There are different tones for identical syllable; the total variable differentiates one sign from the others according to its differences. Beyond to ballistic perception: o The torah specificity doesn’t care its syllable commonality shared by all four characters. The Phonetic Action - Key features: 1) Each character is monosyllable, though the individual characters are often used in t form of compounds. 2) The torah difference renders each sign of the identical syllables with a specific meaning in the given text. 3) Different sounds cohere each other, which is called congruity (Liu Xie) Ideograph: o A written sign (of a single syllable that represents the idea) of an object rather than the sound of the speech as exemplified in the phonetic language. Character Flexibility: o The character of horse can be a sign of meaning, sound and structure according to different context in the formation of the language. The Concept of Change : o Change is what brings renewal to life. Significant of Change: Changes as the dynamic force has not only renewed the Chinese literature throughout centuries but also re-defined the general understand of the creative area. The creation of the East Asian literature still makes its specific contributions to the world progress by adapting to new situation. Stereotypical Views: To perceive Asia as the exotic other Tendered to put Asia at the opposite end of the west Lack of desire to know an unfamiliar culture. Overemphasizing Deference: To perceive Asia as the same The modernized West vs. the primitive Asia. They need to catch up with us How do we perceive East Asia? We have to outgrow the oversimplified positions, so that we can turn the unfamiliar work into our strength. This approach will pave the way for us to succeed in our multicultural world.
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IAH 207-015 W. 1/13/10-lecture 2 Early China: The Beginning (Lyrical Mode and Didactic Code) CP 13-31 Social context of early China Tensions between the political center (the Zhou court) and regional lords; Constant warfare and widespread desires for peace and order “This violent area of competition between the domains was one of the most intellectually creative in china’s history.” The Classical of Poetry It’s an anthology of 305 ancient poems: -The collection has been in circulation since the sixth century BC. -It’s used as a cultural encyclopedia across the social divide between the high and the low
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IAH 207 Lecture Notes 1-3 - XIONG 1 IAH 207-015 M....

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