CHIN 252 Syllabus

CHIN 252 Syllabus - Fall, 2011 Chinese 252, Section One...

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Fall, 2011 Chinese 252, Section One Introduction  to Chinese Culture Through  Narrative Syllabus and  Schedule Names, Places, and Phone Numbers Class Meeting Place: 265 Philips Class Meeting Time: MWF 1:00 – 1:50 Instructor: Eric Henry email: [email protected] Office: 202 New West cell phone: 360 6895 Office hours: MWF 3:30 - 4:30 home phone: 942 0621 Asian Studies Dept. offices: 113, 114 New West Asian Studies Office phone: 962 4294 Asian Studies Department Managers: Ash Barnes (NW 113), Lori Harris (NW 114) COURSE DESCRIPTION The  object  of  this  course  is  to  show  how  Chinese  historical  legends  define  and   transmit  the  values,  concepts,  figures  of speech,  and  modes  of behavior  that  underlie   Chinese  culture.  The  core  material  consists  of  forty  or  so  historical  narratives  that   collectively   represent   all   phases   of  Chinese  civilization   prior   to  this  century.  As  a   student,   your  principal  task is to master  this body  of narrative, paying  attention  both  to   broad  outlines  and  to details. I will give  you  lots of guidance  with  regard  to what  to   look for and  what  to remember. As you  go along, you  will find  it very  much  easier to handle  this material  if  you  1)  learn  to pronounce  Chinese names  written  in  pinyin  romanization, 2) learn the sequence   of major Chinese dynasties  along  with  a few key characteristics of each period,  3) learn   the relative locations  of a few of China’s principal  ancient  states and  capitals and  a few   of China’s modern  cities, rivers, and  provinces, and  4) zero in on the evolving  system  of   values and  concepts that underlie the actions described  in the core legends . If you do the  foregoing,  you  will be oriented  in sound,  time, space, and  thought,  and  will be able to   proceed  with  confidence. The  reading  assignments  are  all in  two  course  anthologies:  “Readings  in  Chinese   Historical Legend,”  Vols. 1 and  2. These are available in the coursepack  division  of the   textbook  department  for $29.95 and  41.95 respectively  (vol. 2 isn't  fatter than  vol. 1—it  just  has  more  items  with  copyright  fees attached,  hence  the  higher  price). Aside  from   these anthologies, which I have built up  gradually over the past couple of decades, there   are  no  books  in  English  containing  anything  close  to  a  comprehensive  treatment  of   Chinese  historical legend,  and  the anthologies themselves, though  pretty  good,  are still   less than  ideal—they  don’t contain  all of the  core material  of the  course. What  isn’t in   the   anthologies   will   be   presented   orally   in   class   rather   than   through   reading  
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CHIN 252 Syllabus - Fall, 2011 Chinese 252, Section One...

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