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ASIA 390

Topics in Asian Studies

Typically examines selected themes, genres or periods in Chinese, Japanese or Indian literature. May also explore issues and/or periods in Chinese, Japanese or Indian cultural and intellectual history. Prerequisite: One of the following courses - ARTH 133, ARTH 134, ARTH 135, ARTH 234, ASIA 140, ASIA 197, HIST 107, HIST 108, POLS 253, REL 130E, or REL 253

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
One of the following courses - ARTH 133, ARTH 134, ARTH 135, ARTH 234, ASIA 140, ASIA 197, HIST 107, HIST 108, POLS 253, REL 130E, or REL 253 1 course

Fall Semester information

Sherry Mou

390A: Tps: Chinese Game of Thrones: Romance of the Three Kingdoms

More than eighteen centuries before the namesake television series started, the game of thrones was played out in China's Han dynasty (202 BCE-220CE). The warlords, the military strategists, the princes, and the persuaders were stirring things up socially, politically, and militarily in the 70-some years between the second and the third centuries. Their endeavors have featured in numerous literary, historical, and military texts throughout ages. In fact, in our own time, they are coming back with sound and fury in films, television series, and, to the delight of gamers, in video games.

Through close reading of and writing about one of the most celebrated classic Chinese novels, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and then through a Reacting to the Past game centered on one event in the novel, this course will take you back to both the fictional and historical era of the Three Kingdoms. Along the way, we will learn about the elements of Chinese fiction, ways of reading a Chinese novel, Confucian and Taoist ethics, military strategies, and the tremendous influence the Romance of the Three Kingdoms has on the minds of the Chinese people and beyond. You will gain insights into Chinese culture and understand certain cultural icons, values, and customs that are directly related to the stories of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and even the politics of today's world.

This course can count for Asian Studies major and minor, and for World Literature minor. No knowledge of Chinese is necessary.