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Graduate courses in Chinese General

Primarily for graduate students; undergraduates may enroll with consent of instructor.

CHINGEN 200. Directed Readings in Asian Languages

For Chinese literature. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1-12 units, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff), Sum (Staff)

CHINGEN 201. Teaching Chinese Humanities

Prepares graduate students to teach humanities at the undergraduate level. Topics include syllabus development and course design, techniques for generating discussion, effective grading practices, and issues particular to the subject matter.

1 unit, Win (Lee, H)

CHINGEN 220. Soldiers and Bandits in Chinese Culture

(Same as CHINGEN 120.) 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 221. Classical Chinese Rituals

(Same as CHINGEN 121.) 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 231. Chinese Poetry in Translation

(Same as CHINGEN 131.) 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.

4 units, Aut (Sargent, S)

CHINGEN 232. Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation

(Same as CHINGEN 132.) From early times to the 18th century, emphasizing literary and thematic discussions of major works in English translation.

4 units, Win (Wang, J)

CHINGEN 233. Literature in 20th-Century China

(Same as CHINGEN 133.) (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.

4-5 units, Win (Wang, B)

CHINGEN 234. Early Chinese Mythology

(Same as CHINGEN 134.) 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.

3-5 units, not given this year

CHINGEN 235. Chinese Bodies, Chinese Selves

(Same as CHINGEN 135.) 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 236. The Chinese Family

(Same as CHINGEN 136.) History and literature. Institutional, ritual, affective, and symbolic aspects. Perspectives of gender, class, and social change.

3-5 units, not given this year

CHINGEN 237. Tiananmen Square: History, Literature, Iconography

(Same as CHINGEN 137.) 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.

3-5 units, Spr (Lee, H)

CHINGEN 239. Cultural Revolution as Literature

(Same as CHINGEN 139.) 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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