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Spring 2019 East Asian GR8042 section 001

Call Number 67547
Day & Time
W 2:10pm-4:00pm
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Harrison Huang
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 1 student (15 max) as of 1:04PM Sunday, August 25, 2019
Subject East Asian
Number GR8042
Section 001
Division Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Open To School of the Arts, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, International and Public Affairs, School of Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20191EAAS8042G001

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