University of Notre Dame

Love in Traditional Chinese Literature

Course Number: LLEA 13186-2
Instructor: Liangyan Ge

The goal of this course is to introduce first-year students to the Chinese notion of love as fostered by traditional Chinese ideological systems, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. We will examine the different love relationships in the social and familial contexts, especially filial love, parental love, and sexual love, and discuss their literary expressions in poetry and prose from different historical periods. Love will be considered as both a perennial theme in Chinese literature and a major reflector of traditional Chinese culture. Readings are all in English translation, and no prior knowledge of Chinese language or culture is required for taking the course. Writing is a significant component of the course. There will be a number of writing projects, and issues concerning paper-writing will be discussed both in class and in private conferences. Students are also expected to read the assigned texts carefully before each session and participate actively in discussions and other class activities.

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