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Fall 2017-2018
* EAS 216 (HA)   na, npdf

Writing and Culture of Premodern Korea

Ksenia Chizhova

This course is an introductory survey of the cultural history of premodern Korea-from early times until the turn of the twentieth century-focused on the primary sources. We will read various original materials (in English translation): myths, state histories, diaries, travelogues, and works of fiction, among others. Topics covered in this course include the imagination of the origins in myth, the idea of Confucian governance, everyday life and entertainment in Choson (1392-1910), and Korea's opening to the west in the late nineteenth century.

Sample reading list:
Edward Schulz, The Silla Annals of the Samguk Sagi
Peter H. Lee, A Korean Storyteller's Miscellany
The Song of a Faithful Wife, Ch'unhyang
JaHyun Kim Haboush, The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong
Isabella Bird Bishop, Korea and Her Neighbors
Yun Ch'iho, The Diary of Yun Ch'iho
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In addition to weekly responses to the assigned readings, the students will write a midterm essay (5-7 pages) addressing the questions provided by the instructor. The final analytical paper (8-10 pages) will be written on the topic of the student's choice and will demonstrate the student's creative and informed reading of the primary materials. No additional research is required for the final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22275 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Frist Campus Center   210   Enrolled:14 Limit:20