Aug 22, 2019  
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2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CHIN 19900 - War & Culture in China

Course Credit: 1
(EAST)
WAR AND CULTURE IN CHINA: TRAUMA, TRANSFORMATION, AND ERASURE The trauma of war is rarely left untouched by cultural transformations. In China, much like elsewhere in the world, the traces of war have been transformed into works of art, literature, history, and architecture. Yet, perhaps more than elsewhere, the legacy of war in China has also been one of erasure. Elites committed to the image of an empire established and maintained through civil values have often effaced the role of state-sanctioned violence. Focusing on literary representations, visual culture, and commemorative landscapes, this course explores the relation between war and culture in early modern and modern China. All readings for the course will be in English, no previous knowledge of Chinese or Chinese history is required. [AH, C, W]