ARC/RELS 401 Topics in Chinese Literature: Religion

This course is a survey of classical Chinese literature with particular attention given to religious themes. Of these themes we will focus on the relationships between the individual and society, humans and nature, humans and the transcendent, men and women, and tradition and modernity. We will investigate ways in which individuals shape, and are shaped by, the societies and cultures in which they live. We will also consider the ethical questions and shared cultural values that shape social and religious norms and behaviors. Sources (in English translation) include a divination manual, royal court records, poetry, prose, short stories, a novel, tales of the supernatural, a play, contemporary fiction from Chinese and Chinese-American authors, and a film.

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