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EAL Courses for Fall 2013

In addition to Chinese, Korean and Japanese language courses, we also offer the following literature and linguistics courses this fall.


EAL 231 The Culture of the Lyric in Traditional China

The definition of lyric in the Chinese tradition is the natural, direct expression and reflection of one’s inner spirit as a result of a unique encounter with the external world. Through close, careful readings of folk songs, lyric poems, prose, and excerpts from a novel and a drama, students will inquire into how the spiritual, philosophical and political concerns dominating the poets' milieu shaped the lyric language through the ages. In addition to an introduction to masterworks of the Chinese lyric tradition from its oral beginnings through the Qing dynasty, we will focus on the subject of plants and flowers in Chinese literature. No knowledge of Chinese is required and all readings are in English translation.{L}4 credits

Sujane Wu

Offered TTh 1:10-2:30pm


EAL 239 Contemporary Chinese Women's Fiction

Theme for 2013: Intimacy.

How do stories about love, romance, and desire (including extramarital affairs, serial relationships and love between women) challenge our assumptions about identity? How do pursuits, successes, and failures of intimacy lead to personal and social change? An exploration of major themes through close readings of contemporary fiction by women from China, Taiwan, Tibet, and Chinese diasporas. Readings are in English translation and no background in China or Chinese is required.{L} Credits: 4

Sabina Knight

Offered MW 1:10-2:30pm


EAL 241Literature and Culture in Premodern Japan: Court Ladies, Wandering Monks, and Urban Rakes

A study of Japanese literature and its cultural roots from the 8thto the 19thcentury. The course will focus on enduring works of the Japanese literary tradition, along with the social and cultural conditions that gave birth to the literature. All readings are in English translation.{L}4 credits

Thomas Rohlich

Offered MW 2:40am-4:00pm


** New Course Offerings for Fall 2013 **

EAL 246 Modern Japanese Poetry
After Japan’s semi-seclusion ended in the mid-nineteenth century, the country witnessed an extraordinary blossoming of experimentation and enrichment in poetic forms, diction, subject matter, and purpose. This course will begin with a brief introduction to the venerated poetic traditions of pre-modern Japan, pick up with the major poetic reforms of the Meiji period (1868-1912), and then follow the remarkable course of Japanese poetry-in its momentous historical context-up to the present. Topics covered will include modernization, gender, class, translation, linguistic nationalism, and literary theory. All readings are in English.4 credits {L}

Nicholas Albertson

MW 1:10-2:30pm


KOR 301 Korean III

This course will help students become proficient in reading,writing and speaking at an advanced level of Korean. This course is particularly appropriate for Korean heritage language learners, i.e., those who have some listening and speaking proficiency but lack solid reading and writing skills in Korean. In addition, this course would fortify and greatly expand the skills of those who have studied Korean through the intermediate level or who have equivalent language competence in Korean. Class activities include 1) reading of Korean literature and current news sources; 2) writing assignments such as Korean-film responses, journal entries, and letters; 3)expanding vocabulary knowledge; 4) practicing translation skills; 5)understanding Korean idioms; 6) learning basic Chinese characters.Prerequisite: KOR 202 or permission of the instructor. {F} Credits: 4

Hyunsook Shin

MW 2:40-4:00

**PLEASE NOTE: EAL 242 Modern Japanese Literature has been canceled for Fall 2013 but will be offered again in Spring 2015.


EAL 360 Seminar: Topics in East Asian Languages and Literatures


Topic for Fall 2013: Revising the Past in Chinese Literature and Film

This seminar will explore how China recollects, reflects and reinterprets its past, and how Chinese history and its literary and cultural traditions are represented in a new light on the world stage through film and literature.  We will also examine closely how tradition is integrated and transformed into modern Chinese society and life.  Topics include literary texts and films about Confucius and the First Emperor of China, the concept of Hero, the representation of Mulan, and the heroine Qiu Jin. Enrollment limited to 12 juniors and seniors.  4 credits {L}


Sujane Wu      


R  3:00 pm-4:50 pm