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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Syllabic Cycles (4)—Chinese History and Culture-b

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Syllabic Cycles"
One year ago on Round and Square (27 August 2012)—The New Yorker and the World: Course Description (f)
Two years ago on Round and Square (27 August 2011)—Annals of Ostracism: The Crime of Cephu
[a] Ascending RL
Chinese History and Culture 
History 210/Anthropology 275
Autumn 2013
TTh 10:00-11:50 a.m. 
Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 111                                                                 Tuesday           12:00-1:30*
363-2005                                                                                   Thursday         12:00-1:30                                                                    …or by appointment
*Office hours have reverted to the regular 12:00-1:30 time after autumn break.

Required Books           
Brook, Timothy. The Confusions of Pleasure 
Chan, Anita, et al. Chen Village: Revolution to Globalization 
Cohen, Paul. History in Three Keys 
Ebrey, Patricia. Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook 
Kipnis, Andrew. Producing Guanxi
Kuhn, Philip. Soulstealers: The Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768
Lindqvist. Cecilia. China: Empire of Living Symbols 
Liu Xin. In One’s Own Shadow
Mair, Victor. The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature 
Mann, Susan. The Talented Women of the Zhang Family
Spence, Jonathan. The Gate of Heavenly Peace 
Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual (required in all history classes
Character notebook (for practicing Chinese characters) 
Round and Square (
The New York Review of Books (NYRB)

Reserve Books (available for purchase, but multiple copies are on reserve)  
McNaughton, William. Reading and Writing Chinese 
Wieger, James, Chinese Characters
Course Description  
This course will examine Chinese history and culture in the context of the wider East Asian world.  We will begin with early Chinese history and the influence of the Yellow River valley on the development of Chinese institutions. We will then examine the development of Chinese philosophical, literary, political, and economic traditions during the imperial era.  The second half of the course deals with modern Chinese history and culture, paying equal attention to historical and ethnographic materials, and taking a careful look at the development of a strong Chinese state from the challenges of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Throughout the course we will use examples from the Chinese language—Chinese characters and their etymologies, idiomatic phrases, and classical allusions—to analyze Chinese history and culture in linguistic context.

Quizzes                                                            10% 
Final exam                                                       10%

Daily attendance and class participation are expected; more than two absences during the semester will affect your grade.  Late assignments will be penalized—see my late assignment policy.

Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
HIST 210/ANTH 275: Weeks 1-8                   HIST 210/ANTH 275: Weeks 9-16 

Week IX 
Midterm Week  
Tuesday, October 22 
Midterm Assignment Handouts 
            Beijing Olympics 2008—Opening Ceremony (in-class 10/22)
            Charles Hucker, China to 1850: A Short History (Dropbox)

            Terry Collins, Ancient China: An Interactive History Adventure (Dropbox)
*Please note that you should receive (on 10/14) an e-mail "invitation" to access the Hucker and Collins texts on Dropbox. Follow the instructions from there.
Thursday, October 24 
Lindqvist, China: Empire of Living Symbols, 195-210 
            Wine and Jars 
                        McNaughton: 151-170           or         Wieger: 184-211 
                        Characters 600-699                           Lessons 72-81 
Week X
Nineteenth Century China 
Tuesday, October 29 
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus 
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Mann, The Talented Women of the Zhang Family 
           Genealogical Chart of the Zhang Family and Their Collateral Kin 
           Jining, Shandong (1893-1895) 
          Tang Yaoqing, Guixiu (1763-1831) 
           Zhang Qieying, Poet (1792-after 1863) 
           Wang Caipin, Governess (1826-1893) 
           Epilogue. The Historian Says . . . 
           Zhang Family Chronology 
Thursday, October 31 
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 301-330 
            Village Organization 
            The Village Headman and the New Teacher 
             Boat People 
             Placards Posted in Guangzhou 
             Infant Protection Society 
             Mid-Century Rebels 
             The Conditions and Activities of Workers 
             Genealogy Rules 
Lindqvist, China: Empire of Living Symbols, 211-226 
            Hemp and Silk 
                                    McNaughton: 171-180           or         Wieger: 212-225 
                                    Characters 700-749                           Lessons 82-89

Week XI
China’s Long Revolution 
Tuesday, November 5 
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus 
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Spence, The Gate of Heavenly Peace 
            Arousing the Spirits 
            Visions and Violence 
            The Far Horizon 
            The Land of Hunger 
            Extolling Nirvana 
            Whose Children Are Those? 
            Wake the Spring 
            Farewell to Beautiful Things 
            A New Order 
            The Noise of the Renegades 
Thursday, November 7 
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 335-384 
            Liang Qichao on His Trip to America 
            Ridding China of Bad Customs 
            Rural Education 
            My Old Home 
            The Spirit of the May Fourth Movement 
            The Haifeng Peasant Association 
            The Dog-Meat General 
            The General Strike 
Lindqvist, China: Empire of Living Symbols, 227-246 
            Bamboo and Tree 
                                    McNaughton: 181-190           or         Wieger: 225-238 
                                    Characters 750-799                           Lessons 90-96

Week XII
Historiography, “Ethnography,” and 
Mythology in Modern China
Tuesday, November 12 
Cohen, History in Three Keys 
        Part 1: The Boxers as Event 
            Prologue: The Historically Reconstructed Past 
            The Boxer Uprising: A Narrative History 
       Part  2: The Boxers as Experience 
            Prologue: The Experienced Past 
            Drought and the Foreign Presence 
            Mass Spirit Possession 
            Magic and Female Pollution 
            Rumor and Rumor Panic 
       Part 3: The Boxers as Myth 
            Prologue: The Mythologized Past 
            The New Culture Movement and the Boxers 
            Anti-Imperialism and the Recasting of the Boxer Myth 
            The Cultural Revolution and the Boxers  
Thursday, November 14 
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 385-400 
            Funeral Processions 
            My Children 
            The Life of Beggars 
Lindqvist, China: Empire of Living Symbols, 247-264 
            Tools and Weapons 
                                    McNaughton: 191-200           or         Wieger: 239-256 
                                    Characters 800-849                           Lessons 97-105

Chinese Ethnography III 
Tuesday, November 19
Round and Square See separate Round and Square syllabus 
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Chan, Chen Village: Revolution to Globalization 
            Chen Village and Its Leaders  
            The Big Four Cleanups  
            Studying Chairman Mao          
            The Cultural Revolution  
            The Cleansing of the Class Ranks  
            A Leftward Lurch and a Solid Footing  
            The Great Betrothal Dispute  
            Plunging into a New Decade  
            The Troubled Seventies  
            The New Era  
            The Midas Touch  
            Entrepreneurs and Gamblers  
            Globalization and Transformation  
            Lifestyles of a Middle-Class Community  
            Epilogue: An Unbroken Thread: The Sent-Down Youths and Chen Village  
            Other Writings on Chen Village  
Thursday, November 21 
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 401-469 
            Generalissimo Jiang on National Identity 
            The Communist Party 
            Land Reform 
            Hu Feng and Mao Zedong 
            A New Yong Man Arrives at the Organization Department 
            Peng Dehuai’s Critique of the Great Leap Forward 
            Developing Agricultural Production 
            Lei Feng, Chairman Mao’s Good Fighter 
            Housing in Shanghai 
            Red Guards 
                        McNaughton: 201-210           or         Wieger: 271-285 
                        Characters 850-899                           Lessons 117-122 
Source Paper Due on Sunday, November 24 at 10:00 p.m.
Please send this to me as an attachment!
Week XIV
Tuesday, November 26

                                                             Week XV
Chinese Ethnography IV 
Tuesday, December 3
            Exotic Familiarity 
       Part One: The Culture of Predicament—The Uses of Confusion 
            Resisting Ideology 
            Marriage as a Mirror of Change 
            Meaning and Eating 
       Part Two: The Logic of Practice 
            The Practice of Everyday Life 
            The Pliable Emotions 
            Immoral Politics 
            Conclusion: A History of the Future 
Thursday, December 5 
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 470-504 
            The Changing Course of Courtship 
            The One-Child Family 
            Economic Liberalization and the New Problems for Women 
            Peasants in the Cities 
            Posters Calling for Democracy 
            Defending China’s Socialist Democracy 
Lindqvist, China: Empire of Living Symbols, 301-330 
            Books and Musical Instruments

Week XVI
Tuesday, December 10 
In-class Final
All Late Work Due by Wednesday, December 11 by 10:00 p.m. 
You must e-mail these to me ( as attachments!

Ethnography Paper Due Tuesday, December 17 by 5:00 p.m.
You must e-mail this to me ( as an attachment!

Click here for the other half of this two-part syllabus post:
HIST 210/ANTH 275: Weeks 1-8                   HIST 210/ANTH 275: Weeks 9-16 
[b] Looking Glass RL

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