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Saturday, January 14, 2017

China, East Asia, and the Pacific World 2017 (a)

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14 January 2015—Late Assignment Policy: Spring 2015
14 January 2015—China's Lunar Calendar: 2015 01-14
14 January 2014—China's Lunar Calendar: 2014 01-14
14 January 2013—Channeling Liam: Jottings
14 January 2012—Displays of Authenticity: Tebow Shuffle
14 January 2011—Newsprint Nonpareil: Resource Center
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Weeks 1-8                   Weeks 9-16 

History 210 
China, East Asia, and the Pacific World
Spring 2017
Monday and Wednesday 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Robert André LaFleur                                                             Office Hours:
Morse Ingersoll 111                                                                 Monday         12:05-12:30
363-2005                                                                                                             1:30-2:00                                                                   Wednesday    12:05-1:35

TA Hours
Eben: Tuesdays—5:45-6:45  (library, first floor)
Sida (Matt): Sundays—6:00-7:00 (library, first floor) 
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
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 
Winchester, Simon. Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards
 ***  ***
Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines (available at the bookstore)
Character notebook (for practicing Chinese characters) 
Round and Square (
The New York Review of Books (NYRB)

Reserve Books (you may order your own copy if you wish, but 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                                                            15% 
Historical Thought Essays (3)                          15% 
Exam I                                                              15% 
Source Paper                                                   20%
Exam II                                                             15%
Ethnography Paper                                          20%
Class attendance and participation is expected.  

China, East Asia, and the Pacific World
HIST 210
Week I
Historical Thought and Imagination
China...Studying China...Studying...
Monday, January 16
Collingwood, An Autobiography
          History as the Self-Knowledge of the Mind
Mills, The Sociological Imagination
Cohen, History in Three Keys
Wednesday, January 18
Round and Square 
    Syllabic Cycles:Introduction (a-d) Read all four posts, not just “a.”         
Geil of Doylestown (film shown in class)
From the Geil Archive (read all nine posts)  
     1-Southern Mountain Museum
     2-Sacred Mountain Map
     3-Hat and Cattle
     4-Seeking Anthropology
     5-Curly Fives
     6-How to Write the Book
     7-Mortarboard Man
***  ***
McNaughton: 9-30     or         Wieger: 5-22 
Preface                                  Introductory

Week II
Early China (to c. 500 BCE)
Monday, January 23

Wednesday, January 25
New York Review of Books See separate New York Review of Books syllabus 
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 3-16                                                                  
            Late Shang Divination Records                     
            The Metal Bound Box                                
            Hexagrams in the I-Ching                        
            Songs and Poems                                               
            The Battle Between Jin and Chu                
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 27-31; 149-169                             
            Guanzi: Duties of the Student                   
            The Book of Odes                       
***  ***
McNaughton: 31-50               or         Wieger: 26-49
Characters 1-99                                  Lessons 1-14

Week III
Eastern Zhou, Qin, and 
Former Han (c. 500 BCE-CE 9)
Cultures and Cosmology in Chinese Mythology (on library reserve): Lecture 37
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 17-45                                                     
            Two Avengers                                       
            Social Rituals                                         
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 40-70                                                                                 
            Confucius: Analects                                
            Mencius: Bull Mountain                          
            Mencius: Fish and Bear’s Paws                      
            Zhuangzi: Autumn Floods                                   
            Laozi: Dao De Jing                                 
            Wang Chong: Daoist Untruths                  

Wednesday, February 1
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 47-76                                                    
            Penal Servitude in Qin Law                      
            The World Beyond China                        
            Heaven, Earth, and Man                           
            The Debate on Salt and Iron                     
            The Classic of Filial Piety                                   
            Wang Fu on Friendship...                        
            Women’s Virtues and Vices         
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 443-455     
            Liu Bang: Song of the Great Wind            
            Sima Xiangru: Cock-Phoenix...                
            Anon: Ground-Thumping Song                
            Li Yannian: A Song                                
            Anon: We Have Chosen a Timely Day       
            Xijun: Lost Horizon                    
            Anon: Song of the Viet Boatman   
            Anon: Mulberry Up the Lane                    
            Anon: Green, Green Riverside Grass
            Anon: Frail, Frail Lone-Growing Bamboo  
            Anon: They Fought South of the Wall       
            Crows on City Walls                              
            Cai Yong: Watering Horses at a Long Wall…    
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McNaughton: 51-70               or         Wieger: 50-74
Characters 100-199                           Lessons 15-25
Week IV
Later Han and the Period of Division 
Through Mid-Tang (CE 9-755)
Great Mythologies of the World (on library reserve): Lectures 38-39
            38: Chinese Heroes, Kings, and Destroyers
            39: Peasant Folktales and Chinese Scholarship 
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 87-111                          
            Ge Hong’s Autobiography                                     
            Buddhist Doctrine and Practices                
            Tales of Ghosts and Demons                    
            Cultural Differences...North and South         
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 170-189
            Ban Zhao: Needle and Thread                   
            Wang Can: Seven Sorrows                                   
            Liu Zhen: Poem Without a Category         
            Liu Zhen: Cockfight                                
            Cao Zhi: Ballad of the Orioles in the Fields
            Ruan Ji: Songs of My Soul                                  
            Guo Pu: Poem on the Wandering Immortal 
            Tao Qian: Substance, Shadow, and Spirit   
            Tao Qian: Poems Aftger Drinking Wine     
            Tao Qian: In Praise of Jing Ke                  
            Tao Qian: On Reading the Shanhai jing     
            Tao Qian: Blaming Sons                         
            Xie Lingyun: On My Way from South Mtn...         
            Xie Lingyun: On Climbing the Highest Peak          
            Shen Yueh: Harmonizing with a Poem       
            Shen Yueh: Seeing the  Beloved in a Dream
            Shen Yueh: Returning to my Garden Home 
            Shen Yueh: Listening to Gibbons...                       
            Tao Hongjing: Poem Written in Answer... 
            Wang Sengru: Describing a Dream...         
            Yu Jianwu: Spring Day                           
            Xiao Gang: A Pheasant on..Morning Flight 
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 455-458; 472-485
            Chen Lin: Song—I Watered My Horse…   
            Cao Cao: Song on the Enduring Cold        
            Fu Xuan: Pity Me!                                             
            Bao Zhao: Magic Cinnabar                       
            Bao Zhao: Going Out...the North Gate..     
            Bao Linghui: Added to a Letter...              
            Anon: The Ballad of Mulan                                  
            Hulü Jin: Song of the Tölös                     
            Anon: Song of the Breaking...Willow
            Wang Wei: Army Ballad 
            Bo Juyi: The Song of Lasting Regret 
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 534-541; 573-580
            Ban Zhao: Lessons for Women                 
            Xi Kang: Discourse on Nourishing Life      
            Tao Qian: The Peach Blossom Spring

Wednesday, February 8
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 112-136                        
            Emperor Taizong of Effective Government   
            The Tang Legal Code                             
            The Errors of Geomancy                          
            The Dancing Horses of Xuanzong’s Court   
            Family Business                                    
            The Examination System                         
            A Pilgrim’s Visit to Five Terraces Mountain           
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 190-235                                                                 
            Luo Binwang: On the Cicada—In Prison    
            He Zhichang: Written Impromptu...           
            Chen Zi’ang: Poems of Reflection...          
            Zhang Qiuling: Poems of Reflection...                    
            Wang Zhihuan: Climbing the...Pavilion     
            Meng Haoran: Seeking Out Master Chan    
            Meng Haoran: Spring Dawn                     
            Meng Haoran: Passing Seven-League Rapids           
            Wang Changling: Silent at Her Window    
            Wang Wei: Climbing Bianjue Temple       
            Wang Wei: “Bidding the Goddess Farewell”          
            Wang Wei: Deer Enclosure                      
            Li Bo: To Meng Haoran                          
            Li Bo: Up into the Clouds Music              
            Li Bo: Late Bloomer...                            
            Li Bo: To Send to Du Fu as a Joke                       
            Li Bo: Drinking Alone in the Moonlight    
            Li Bo: Autumn Cove                              
            Li Bo: Viewing the Waterfall at Mt. Lu      
            Li Bo: Still Night Thoughts                    
            Li Bo: Poems in an Old Style                  
            Chu Guangxi: The Streets of Chang’an      
            Liu Zhangqing: Rejoicing...Zen Master Bao
            Liu Zhangqing: Sent to the Daoist..                       
            Du Fu: Spring View                               
            Du Fu: A Guest Arrives                           
            Du Fu: Journey North                             
            Du Fu: Recruiting Officer of Shihao                       
            Du Fu: Seven Songs...                            
            Du Fu: Thinking of My Little Boy            
            Du Fu: Jade Flower Palace                                   
            Du Fu: At the Sky’s End, Thinking of Li Bo          
            Zhang Ji: Maple Bridge Night Mooring      
            Cen Shen: A Song of the...River               
            Sikong Shu: In Illness, Missing My...Girl  
            Meng Jiao: On Failing the Examination     
            Han Yu: The Girl of Mount Hua               
            Xue Tao: Three Poems                            
            Liu Zongyuan: River Snow                                  
            Zheng Huan: Present to the Daoist Paragon 
            Wu Yun: Apotheosis                              
            Cold Mountain: Untitled Poems               
            Jia Dao: Looking For A Recluse               
            Li Shen: Pitying the Farmer                     
            Li Deyu: To Patriarch Sun at Huayang...    
            Li He: At Chang’gu, Reading...                
            Li He: My Man Replies                           
            Li He: Ravine on a Cold Evening                
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McNaughton: 71-90               or         Wieger: 74-103
Characters 200-299                            Lessons 26-36

Week V
Late-Tang, Song, and Yuan China (c. 900-1368)
Great Mythologies of the World (on library reserve): Lecture 40
            40: Spirits and Syncretism in Korean Myth

Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 137-168                        
            The Tanguts and Their Relations with the Han Chinese                    
            Book of Rewards and Punishments
            Precepts of the Perfect Truth Daoist Sect     
            Wang Anshi, Sima Guang, and Emperor Shenzong
            Rules for the Fan Lineage’s Charitable Estate          
            Ancestral Rites                                       
            Women and the Problems They Create       
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 302-341
           Li Bo: A Suite in the Ch’ing-p’ing Mode
           Anon: Four Lyrics from Tun-huang
           Bo Juyi: Tune—“Memories of the South”
           Liu Yuxi: Tune—“Memories of the South” A Spring Lyric After Po Chü-yi
          Wen Tingyun: Tune—“Deva-Like Barbarian
          Wei Zhuang: Tune—“Thinking of the Imperial Capital”
          Wei Zhuang: Tune—“The Bodhisattva Foreigner”
          Mao Wenxi: Tune—“Drunk Among the Flowers”
          Ouyang Jiong: Tune—“Offering Congratulations to the Enlightened Reign”
          Li Yü: Tune—“The Crow’s Nocturnal Cry”
          Li Yü: Tune—“Beating Silk Floss” Autumn Boudoir
          Li Yü: Tune—“New Bounty of Royalty”
          Li Yü: Tune—“Joy of Encounter” Autumn Boudoir
          Li Yü: Tune—“Pure Serene Music”
          Li Yü: Tune—“Sand Washed by Waves”
          Li Yü: Tune—“Joy of Encounter”
          Li Yü: Tune—“Sand Washed by Waves”
          Li Yü: Tune—“The Beauty of Yü” A Reminiscence
          Li Yü: Tune—“Memories of the South” A Reminiscence
          Liu Yong: Tune—“Bells Ringing in the Rain” Sadness of Parting
          Liu Yong: Tune—“Eight Beats of a Ganzhou Song”
          Fan Chung-yen: Tune—“Sumuche Dancers”
          Fan Chung-yen: Tune—“Trimming the Silver Lamp”
          Yen Shu: Tune—“Spring in the Jade House”
          Yen Shu: Tune—“Treading on Fragrant Grass”
          Yen Shu: Tune—“Sand of the Silk-Washing Brook” A Reminiscence
          Ouyang Hsiu: Tune—“Gathering Mulberry Leaves”
          Ou-yang Hsiu : Mulberry Leaves               
          Ou-yang Hsiu : Magnolia Flowers             
          Ou-yang Hsiu : “Drunk in Fairyland”        
          Su Shih : “Calming the Windswept Waves”           
          Su Shih : Hunting at Mi-chou                  
          Su Shih : “Partridge Sky”                                   
          Su Shih : Butterflies                               
          Su Shih : “Water Mode Song”                 
          Su Shih : “River Town”                         
          Su Shih : “Fragrance Fills the Courtyard”  
          Su Shih : “Immortal by the River”            
          Su Shih : “Always Having Fun”               
          Huang T’ing-chien : Tea                         
          Huang T’ing-chien : Returning to the Fields           
          Huang T’ing-chien : Returning to the Fields
          Huang T’ing-chien : Thousand Autumns    
          Ch’in Kuan : A Spring Morning               
          Ch’in Kuan : Bidding Adieu                    
          Ch’in Kuan : “Happiness Approaches”       
          Ch’in Kuan : Peach Blossom Sprimgs       
          Ch’in Kuan : Painted Hall                                   
          Li Chih-yi : “The Diviner”                                  
          Chu Tun-ju : “Nien-nu is Charming”        
          Li Ch’ing-chao : Naivete                         
          Li Ch’ing-chao : “Magnolia Flowers”        
          Li Ch’ing-chao : A Dream                       
          Li Ch’ig-chao : “Airing Inmost Feelings”  
          Li Ch’ing-chao : Spring Thoughts            
          Li Ch’ing-chao : To the Cassia Flower      
          Li Ch’ing-chao : Sweet Innocence             
          Li Ch’ing-chao : Lantern Festival              
          Li Ch’ing-chao: A Long Melancholy Tune…          
          Li Ch’ing-chao : Spring at Wu Ling          
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 747-756; 765-767
           Han Yu: The Biography of Fur Point
           Lu Guimeng: Biography of the Vagrant of Rivers and Lakes
           Shao Yung : Gentleman with No Name      
           Liu Yuxi: Discourse on a Thoroughbred     
           Liu Zongyuan: The Donkey of Qian  
Wednesday, February 15
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 169-201                                    
            Longing to Recover the North                   
            Zhu Xi’s Conversations with His Disciples 
            The Attractions of the Capital                   
            The Mutual Responsibility System                       
            On Farming                                           
            A Mongol Governor                                
            A Schedule for Learning                           
            A Scholar Painter’s Diary                            
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 259-269                            
           Wen Tianxiang: Jinling Post Station                     
           Liu Yin: Miscellaneous Poem on Rural Life
           Zhao Mengfu: To a Pyrotechnist               
           Yuan Jue: Shipboard Song                                   
           Yang Wei-chen : Mating                          
           Ni Tsan : Inscribed on a Painting by Myself            
           Chang Yu : The Merchant’s Joy               
           Hsü Pen : To a Hermit in the Mountains    
           Hsü Pen : Saying Goodbye                                  
           Kao Ch’i : Seeing the Flowers      
           Kao Ch’i : Song of the Man of Green Hill   
           Kao Ch’i : Silkworm Song                     
           Yang Shih-ch’i : Hall of Precious Virtue     
           Yang Shih-ch’i : Night Rain        
Mair, The Columbia Anthology, 521-529
           Cinggis Qahan Subdues the Naiman
***  ***
McNaughton: 91-110             or         Wieger: 104-129
Characters 300-399                           Lessons 36-46

Week VI
Ming Dynasty China (1368-1644)
Great Mythologies of the World (on library reserve): Lecture 41
            41: Korea's Warring Kingdoms and Flying Dragons 
Brook, The Confusions of Pleasure   
            Introduction: Seasons of the Ming (1609)
            Dramatis Personae
            Winter: The First Century (1368-1450)
            Spring: The Middle Century (1450-1550)
            Summer: The Last Century (1550-1644)
            Fall: The Lord of Silver (1642-1644)

Wednesday, February 22
Continue discussion of Monday's assigned book
Skim the following sources in Ebrey; this will help for your eventual source paper
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 205-266                                    
            Proclamations of the Hongwu Emperor       
            The Dragon Boat Race                            
            Village Ordinances                                  
            Commercial Activities                             
            What the Weaver said                             
            Shi Jin the Nine Dragoned                                                           
            Family Instructions                                 
            Widows Loyal unto Death                                   
            Two Philosophers                                  
            A Censor Accuses a Eunuch                     
***  ***
McNaughton: 111-130           or         Wieger: 130-155
Characters 400-499                           Lessons 47-59

Week VII 
Early Qing China (1644-1800)
Great Mythologies of the World (on library reserve): Lecture 42
            42: Japanese Tales of Purity and Defilement 
Kuhn, Soulstealers
            Tales of the China Clipper
            The Prosperous Age
            Threats Seen and Unseen
            The Crime Defined
            The Roots of the Sorcery Fear
            The Campaign in the Provinces
            On the Trail of the Master-Sorcerers
            The End of the Trail
            Political Crime and Bureaucratic Monarchy
            Theme and Variations

Wednesday, March 1
Continue discussion of Monday's assigned book
Skim the following sources in Ebrey; this will help for your eventual source paper 
Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, 271-300
            The Yangzhou Massacre  
            Proverbs About Heaven
            Taxes and Labor Service
            Permanent Property
            Lan Dingyuan’s Casebook
            Exhortations on Ceremony and Deference
***  *** 
McNaughton: 131-150           or         Wieger: 156-183
Characters 500-599                           Lessons 60-71

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