HUMS 270, The Chinese Tradition

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am-11:20am

Course Description:

An introduction to the core texts of the Chinese tradition, through which we will trace the development of Chinese literature, thought, and political theory from ~1200 BCE to the collapse of the imperial system in the early 20th century. The intellectual work of the course is close analysis of primary sources, informed by historical knowledge. There are no prerequisites.  There is no enrollment cap

After you take this course, you will have:

  1. strengthened your ability to read and analyze all texts;
  2. acquired a base for classes in the humanities;
  3. learned some things that a citizen of the world should know.

Led by:

Professor Tina Lu

Professor Lu’s research and teaching focus on the literature of late imperial China, from around 1550 to around 1750.

Major publications include Persons, Roles and Minds (Stanford, 2001), Accidental Incest, Filial Cannibalism, and Other Peculiar Encounters in Late Imperial Chinese Literature (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2009), a book-length chapter on late Ming literary culture in The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, v.2, and a co-edited volume on Approaches to Teaching The Story of the Stone (MLA).

She is currently working on three projects: a book already drafted on how late imperial people conceived of objects and materiality, a collaborative project on the sixteenth-century playwright and painter Xu Wei, and a major digital initiative that will enable collaborative philological work.