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Spring 2020 East Asian GR8042 section 001
CLASSICAL CHINESE POETRY

Call Number 12575
Day & Time
Location
T 4:10pm-6:00pm
406 Hamilton Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Harrison Huang
Type SEMINAR
Course Description This graduate seminar reads canonical medieval poems against their relevant counterparts in leishu (compendiums arranged by classification systems that served as writing handbooks). We examine these compendiums as thresholds--lying outside the poems as their ostensible background material, these thesholds not only frame questions of genre and genealogy but also mediate the borders of poems. Some questions posed by this course: What conceptual paradigms are operative in the deployment of particular classifications? What are the implications for interpretive practice to regard a genre not as an archetype of abstracted qualities but, as these compendiums suggest, as something embodied by exemplars? Insofar as categories are organized by intertextual references, what is the relationship between lei and the work of allusion? What are the criteria and ramifications for determining the operative scope of allusions--are contiguous but elided passages also in play? What is the family resemblance between leishu and commentaries like that of Li Shan for the Wenxuan anthology that do not so much give glosses as draw intertextual relationships? In what ways do lei furnish genealogies for things? What are the limits of close reading on one hand and sprawling intertextuality on the other?
Web Site Vergil
Department East Asian Languages and Cultures
Enrollment 3 students (15 max) as of 3:02PM Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Subject East Asian
Number GR8042
Section 001
Division Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Morningside
Section key 20201EAAS8042G001

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