Middlebury

CHNS 0331

Love & Sex in Trad Chinese Lit

Clouds and Rain: Love and Sexuality in Traditional Chinese Literature (in translation)
This seminar explores a spectrum of traditional attitudes toward romantic love, sexualities, men and women seen through the prism of classical Chinese literature. Fiction and drama will be the main focus with due attention to poetry. Texts to be analyzed include, e.g., pre-6th-century B.C. and subsequent poems; 3rd and 4th-century and later stories of strange romances; the remarkable 7th-century tale of the Dwelling of Playful Goddesses and early 9th-century love story of “Yingying”; the marvelous late 16th-century romantic drama, the Peony Pavilion; the hilarious late 17th-century erotic novella, the Carnal Prayer Mat; and selected chapters from novelistic masterworks such as the late 16th-century and early 17th-century, Jin Ping Mei, and the 18th-century, The Story of the Stone (also known as Dream of the Red Chamber). (National/Transnational Feminisms) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
Chinese
Department:
Chinese
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL LIT NOA
Equivalent Courses:
CHNS 0330
GSFS 0331

Sections

Fall 2020

CHNS0331A-F20 Lecture (Xu)

Spring 2018

CHNS0331A-S18 Lecture (Xu)
CHNS0331B-S18 Lecture (Xu)