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Undergraduate courses in Chinese General

CHINGEN 51. Chinese Calligraphy

Practice in writing Chinese characters with a brush, emphasizing standardized script and the composition of the characters and improving handwriting. Limited enrollment. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CHINLANG 3 or equivalent.

1-2 units, Spr (Chuang, Y)

CHINGEN 91. Traditional East Asian Culture: China

Required for Chinese and Japanese majors. Introduction to Chinese culture in a historical context. Topics include political and socioeconomic institutions, religion, ethics, education, and art and literature. GER:DB-Hum, EC-GlobalCom

5 units, Win (Lee, H)

CHINGEN 120. Soldiers and Bandits in Chinese Culture

(Same as CHINGEN 220.) Social roles and literary images of two groups on the margins of traditional Chinese society; historical and comparative perspectives.

3-5 units, Win (Zhou, Y)

CHINGEN 121. Classical Chinese Rituals

(Same as CHINGEN 221.) Meanings of rituals regarding death, wedding, war, and other activities; historical transformations of classical rituals throughout the premodern period; legacy of the Chinese ritual tradition. Sources include canonical texts.

3-5 units, Win (Zhou, Y)

CHINGEN 131. Chinese Poetry in Translation

(Same as CHINGEN 231.) From the first millennium B.C. through the 12th century. Traditional verse forms representative of the classical tradition; highlights of the most distinguished poets. History, language, and culture. Chinese language not required. GER:DB-Hum, EC-GlobalCom

4 units, Aut (Sargent, S)

CHINGEN 132. Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation

(Same as CHINGEN 232.) From early times to the 18th century, emphasizing literary and thematic discussions of major works in English translation. GER:DB-Hum, EC-GlobalCom

4 units, Win (Wang, J)

CHINGEN 133. Literature in 20th-Century China

(Same as CHINGEN 233.) (Graduate students register for 233.) How modern Chinese culture evolved from tradition to modernity; the century-long drive to build a modern nation state and to carry out social movements and political reforms. How the individual developed modern notions of love, affection, beauty, and moral relations with community and family. Sources include fiction and film clips. GER:DB-Hum, EC-GlobalCom

4-5 units, Win (Wang, B)

CHINGEN 134. Early Chinese Mythology

(Same as CHINGEN 234.) The definition of a myth. Major myths of China prior to the rise of Buddhism and Daoism including: tales of the early sage kings such as Yu and the flood; depictions of deities in the underworld; historical myths; tales of immortals in relation to local cults; and tales of the patron deities of crafts. GER:DB-Hum

3-5 units, not given this year

CHINGEN 135. Chinese Bodies, Chinese Selves

(Same as CHINGEN 235.) Interdisciplinary. The body as a contested site of representational practices, identity politics, cultural values, and social norms. Body images, inscriptions, and practices in relation to health, morality, gender, sexuality, nationalism, consumerism, and global capitalism in China and Taiwan. Sources include anthropological, literary, and historical studies, and fiction and film. No knowledge of Chinese required.

3-5 units, Spr (Staff, 1)

CHINGEN 136. The Chinese Family

(Same as CHINGEN 236.) History and literature. Institutional, ritual, affective, and symbolic aspects. Perspectives of gender, class, and social change. GER:EC-GlobalCom

3-5 units, not given this year

CHINGEN 137. Tiananmen Square: History, Literature, Iconography

(Same as CHINGEN 237.) Multidisciplinary. Literary and artistic representations of this site of political and ideological struggles throughout the 20th century. Tiananmen-themed creative, documentary, and scholarly works that shed light on the dynamics and processes of modern Chinese culture and politics. No knowledge of Chinese required. GER:EC-GlobalCom

3-5 units, Spr (Lee, H)

CHINGEN 138. Passion and Love in Chinese Film

How films work as expressions of desire, impulse, emotional connection, and communal attachment during times of social upheaval and reconstruction. Film theory and aesthetics, and alternative paradigms about world and social relations. Chinese language not required. GER:DB-Hum

4-5 units, Spr (Wang, B)

CHINGEN 139. Cultural Revolution as Literature

(Same as CHINGEN 239.) Literary form, aesthetic sensibility, and themes of trauma, identity, and the limits of representation in major literary works concerning the Cultural Revolution in China. Recommended: background in Chinese history or literature.

4 units, not given this year

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