Fall 2008

A History of Love: Chinese Romance in Time

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-36


Paola Zamperini (Section 01)


(C) (Also Women’s and Gender Studies 30.) The course will deal with the world of romance in traditional Chinese culture. Following the thematic arrangement found in the seventeenth-century text Qingshi, A History of Love, an encyclopedic work about the various forms love can take, we will read and analyze stories, novels, poetry and plays (in their English translation) from different historical periods. Our aim shall be to try and draw together all of the discourses circulating about the experience of passion, love and lust from the Tang dynasty up until the early twentieth century. If time allows, we will engage in comparisons with other East Asian traditions as well as with the Western traditions of romance, with the goal to generate meaningful cross-cultural exchanges. Fall semester. Professor Zamperini.