Winter 2013 courses for those interested in Asia –with VLPA, I&S, and possible W-(writing) credit

Please forward to undergraduates who may have an interest in Asia:

Are you interested in learning more about the literature and culture of China, India, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, with topics including The Silk Road, Buddhism, Erotic Poetry, and Translation? Check out these winter quarter classes:

Asian Languages and Literature

Courses of General Interest (no prerequisites; open to all majors)

for I&S, VLPA, and (for JAPAN 360) optional W-prefix credit

Winter 2013

ASIAN 201 Mediaeval China and the Silk Road

Cultural history, religion, literature, foreign contacts & interactions, and the linguistic environment along China’s Silk Road.

Professor Ian Chapman

No prerequisites

MWF 2:30-3:50 Johnson Hall Rm 111

SLN: 10599 5 credits

VLPA/I&S; alsocounts toward the literature requirement for the Chinese major or minor

ASIAN 203/C LIT 396 Literature and Culture of Ancient India

The course introduces the classical literature of India and the South Asian subcontinent and places it in its cultural and historical context. Readings will consist of translations from major works in Sanskrit and Prakrit, the main classical languages of India. The texts include epics, dramas, and poems representing the literature and values of Hindu (Brahmanical), Buddhist traditions and secular folk traditions, including erotic poetry. Close readings and discussions of the texts will reveal the aesthetic and ethical principles of the rich culture of classical India.

Professor Richard G Salomon email: rsalomon

No prerequisites

TTh 1:30-3:20 (please also register for one-hour section on Fridays) Johnson Hall Rm 111

SLN: 10600 5 credits

VLPA/I&S; alsocounts toward South Asian major or minor

ASIAN 411 Buddhist Literature

An introduction to the vast collections of Buddhist literature including examples from the genres of biography, poetry, narrative, ritual manuals, doctrinal treatises, and historical accounts. The course will begin with the origins of Buddhist literature in India and will trace its further development in India, China, and Japan. Attention will also be given to the themes of textual composition, transmission, authorship, audience, context, and function. All works are read in English translation.

Professor Collett D Cox email: collett

No prerequisites

TTh 1:30-3:20 (please also register for one-hour section on Thursdays or Fridays) Smith Hall Rm 304

SLN: 10603 5 credits

VLPA/I&S; alsocounts toward South Asian major or minor

ASIAN 498B Translation and Modern Literature in East Asia
This course explores the place and function of translation in relation to the formation of modern literature in East Asia. Translation, either as an activity or a finished text, is not transparent. It involves all kinds of processes such as selection, exclusion, distortion and creation. It can also be ideological and manipulative. In modern East Asia, translation was a productive methodology that writers engaged with, in order to construct their own modern literatures. Using translation as a pivot, we discuss the construction of modern literary language, the appropriation and creation of literary texts, gender created in and by translation, and the power dynamics inherent in the context of translation. All readings will be in English.

No prerequisites

MW 12:30-2:20 Location TBA (see quarterly time schedule before Winter Quarter for location)
Professor Heekyoung Cho email:, office in Gowen M244

SLN: 10608 B 5 credits

VLPA; also counts toward Korean major or minor

JAPAN 360 Reading Colonial Japan
This course focuses on the culture of Imperial Japan, the largest non-Western empire in the modern period. Students will read literary works by major Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese writers and non-literary texts on the colonial period as well as recent studies of the Japanese empire. The course aims to introduce students to important but often overlooked works of modern literature and to the field of post-colonial studies in an East Asian context. All readings will be in English translation. No previous knowledge of Japanese is presumed.

Professor Davinder L Bhowmik email: dbhowmik

No prerequisites
MWF 9:00-10:20 Denny Hall Rm 206

SLN: 15324 5 credits

VLPA; optional W-credit (writing class credit) possible by individual arrangement; also counts toward Japanese major or minor

ASIAN 411 Buddhist Literature Winter 2013.pdf


China and the Silk Road Winter 2013.pdf

Winter 2013 Asian L&L courses of general interest.docx

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