Summer 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will examine the history of women in China from the earliest times through the tenth century. In particular, we will look at the history of women in the three major intellectual/religious traditions of China: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. The course presupposes no background knowledge in the history of China, and is geared toward future teachers of world history.
It is the objective of this seminar that students will understand key issues in the history of women in China, in particular, the views toward women in the major belief systems of premodern China (Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism), work carefully with the primary documents related to these issues (in English translation), and see how scholars approach the historical problems of women in Chinese history. Then, students should be able to take the scholarly models (i.e., secondary scholarship reviewed in the seminar) and apply them to their own primary source based research paper topics.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Baochang. Kathryn Ann Tsai, trans. Lives of the Nuns. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994. [ISBN: 978-0824815417]
Barrett, T.H. The Woman Who Discovered Printing. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. [ISBN: 0300127286]
Du Guangting. Suzanne Cahill, trans. Divine Traces of the Daoist Sisterhood: Records of the Assembled Transcendents of the Fortified Walled City. Three Pines Press, 2006. [ISBN: 978-1931483049]
Raphals, Lisa. Sharing the Light. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. [ISBN: 0791438562].
Rothschild, N. Harry. Wu Zhao: China’s Only Woman Emperor. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008. [ISBN: 0321394267]
Swann, Nancy Lee. Pan Chao: Foremost Woman Scholar of China. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, 2001. [ISBN 0892641509].
Tung, Jowen R. Fables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang Discourse. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. [ISBN 0847695131].
Wang, Robin R. Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2003. [ISBN 0872206513].
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Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Daily readings, discussion, group activities, writing assignments. Final paper.