Space and Place in Traditional Chinese Literature, Art, and Culture

This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to traditional Chinese literature, art, and culture through the angle of space and place. This course introduces the theoretical underpinnings and major approaches to space and place in the humanities. Students will be guided to examine the ways in which different kinds of space and place are imagined, created, and structured through texts, images, and objects. Students will think across disciplines, including literature, art, thought, religion, and politics. It aims to arrive at a holistic understanding of life and society in traditional China, while grounding the discussion in in-depth and historically specific analyses.


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