Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Farmer, J Michael
Discipline and Number
HUHI 7315 Section 001
T Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Writing Global Connections

Description of Course:


This seminar examines various methods of approaching and writing global connections, using the premodern global exchange network known as the Silk Roads as a case study. Approaches to this case from history, literature, and art history will be explored through both primary and secondary source readings. The emphasis in this seminar is weighted toward approach and method, rather than historical content. Students interested in cross-cultural connections in other locales and/or historical contexts should also benefit from this seminar.

No prior knowledge of Asian history is assumed or required.

Required Texts:

All Books Required. eBook editions of some titles are available.

Wood, Frances. The Silk Roads: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. [ISBN: 0520243404].

Barber, Elizabeth Wayland. The Mummies of Urumchi. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999. [ISBN: 0393320197].

Wriggins, Sally Hovey. The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang. Boulder: Westview, 2004. [ISBN: 0813365996].

Whitfield, Susan. Life Along the Silk Road. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. [ISBN: 0520232143].

Wu Cheng-en, Waley, Arthur, trans. Monkey: Folk Novel of China. Evergreen Books, 1994. [ISBN: 0802130860]

Kieschnick, John. The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. [ISBN: 0691096767].

Schafer, Edward. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985. [ISBN: 0520054628].

Whitfield, Roderick, Susan Whitfield, and Neville Agnew. Cave Temples of Mogao: Art and History on the Silk Road. Los Angeles: Getty Trust Publications, 2001. [ISBN: 0892365854].

Ning, Qiang. Art, Religion, & Politics in Medieval China: The Dunhuang Cave of the Zhai Family. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2004. [ISBN: 0824827031].

Jackson, Peter, and David Morgan. The Mission of Friar William of Rubruck. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2009.

Marco Polo, Ronald Latham, trans. The Travels. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1958. [ISBN: 0140440577]

Wood, Frances. Did Marco Polo Go to China? Boulder: Westview Press, 1998. [ISBN: 0813389992]

Larner, John. Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World. New Haven: Yale Note Bene, 2001. [ISBN: 0300089007]

Hopkirk, Peter. Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia. University of Massachusetts Press, 1984. [ISBN: 0870234358].

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance. Participation. Book Reviews. Final Paper.

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