LLEA 13186-2: Man and Nature in Chinese Poetry

Instructor: Xiasohan Yang

Literature University Seminar

This course introduces students with little or no knowledge of Chinese language or culture to the ways in which nature is perceived and represented in premodern Chinese poetry. We will explore nature imagery not only as rhetorical and structural devices but also as reflections of underlying Chinese world views. Readings are arranged roughly in chronological order to reinforce the sense of historical development. Whereas their amount and difficulty vary from week to week, the texts always demand careful and thoughtful reading. Students are encouraged to bring in their experience of reading Western poetry in order to approach the Chinese texts from a comparative perspective.

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