Week 1 (Sep. 3): No Class (Imagine UBC)
Week 2 (Sep. 10): The Idea of China
- Valerie Hansen, The Open Empire, 2nd ed. (New York and London, 2015), pp. 3–15;
- History Writing Centre (especially the section “Primary Sources“);
- “How to Read a Document” (T. Brook).
For students unfamiliar with Mandarin Chinese, see the online pronunciation guide.
Students who have not taken ASIA 320/HIST 378 might want to browse through the early chapters of Hansen.
Week 3 (Sep. 17): China and Inner Asia
- Hansen, pp. 275–307;
- *”The Tanguts and Their Relations with the Han Chinese” & “Longing to Recover the North,” in Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, ed. Patricia Buckley Ebrey, 2nd ed. (New York, 1993), pp. 139–141, 169–171.
Focus: How did “Chinese” and “non-Chinese” perceive one another?
Week 4 (Sep 24): Reforms in Song China
- Hansen, pp. 237–265;
- *”Memorial to the Emperor Renzong” & “A Petition to Do Away with the Most Harmful of the New Laws,” in Sources of Chinese Tradition, 2nd ed., vol. 1, comp. Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloom (New York, 1999), pp. 612–616, 625–626;
- *”Wang Anshi, Sima Guang, and Emperor Shenzong,” in Ebrey, Chinese Civilization, pp. 151–154.
Focus: What was at stake in the debates over reforms in eleventh-century China?
Week 5 (Oct. 1): A Turn Inward
- Hansen, pp. 265–273;
- *YUAN Cai [Yüan Ts’ai] (1140–90), “Author’s Preface” & excerpts from “Getting along with Relatives,” in Family and Property in Sung China, trans. Patricia Buckley Ebrey (Princeton, 1984), pp. 177–212.
Focus: What were some of the major concerns of the literati in the southern Song period?
Week 6 (Oct. 8): China under Mongol Rule
- Hansen, pp. 309–343;
- *GUAN Hanqing (ca. 1220–1307), “Rescuing One of the Girls,” in An Anthology of Chinese Literature, ed. and trans. Stephen Owen (New York, 1996), pp. 744–770.
Focus: In what ways is Guan Hanqing’s play reflective of the Yuan period?
Week 7 (Oct. 15): Mid-term Conversation
No class this week. Students will sign up for individual meetings with the instructor.
Start reading Monkey (see Week 9).
Week 8 (Oct. 22): Rebuilding of Order
- Hansen, pp. 345–363;
- *Selections from “Ming Foundations of Late Imperial China,” in de Bary and Bloom, pp. 779–786, 788–793.
Focus: What was Zhu Yuanzhang’s vision for Ming-dynasty China?
Week 9 (Oct. 29): Currents of Change
- Hansen, pp. 363–368;
- WU Ch’eng-en (ca. 1506–82), Monkey, pp. 1–5, 11–77, 119–165, 210–246, & 279–305.
Focus: How might one characterize the religious landscape of sixteenth-century China?
Week 10 (Nov. 5): Engagements and Entanglements
- Hansen, pp. 368–382;
- *”Chinese Responses to Early Christian Contacts,” in Sources of Chinese Tradition, 2nd ed., vol. 2, comp. Wm. Theodore de Bary and Richard Lufrano (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000), pp. 142–154.
Focus: How did the literati of China react to the teachings of Christianity?
Week 11 (Nov. 12): Becoming Qing
- Hansen, pp. 385–404;
- SHEN Fu (b. 1763), Six Records of a Life Adrift, pp. xiii–xv, 1–51 (no need to submit reading notes this week).
Week 12 (Nov. 19): “Like the Sun at Mid-day”
- Hansen, pp. 404–418;
- SHEN Fu, Six Records of a Life Adrift, pp. 55–81, 85–135 (the latter section recommended but optional).
Focus: What were the sources of Shen Fu’s joy and sorrow?
(please take into account the readings of Weeks 11 & 12)
Week 13 (Nov. 26): Empire at the Crossroads
- Hansen, pp. 419–430;
- *“China in the Eighteenth-Century World,” in The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection, ed. Janet Chen and others, 3rd ed. (New York and London: W. W. Norton, 2014), pp. 77–93.
Focus: What were some of the challenges facing China at the turn of the nineteenth century?