Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: The Chinese Detective

History 39N

Fall 2013
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
3205 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
TuTh 12-2
CCN: 
39212
Units: 
4

An inquiry into traditional Chinese conceptions of law and justice through the eyes of the official detective: the district magistrate. Primary source readings include Chinese detective fiction, moral treatises, legal codes, forensic manuals, and criminal casebooks.  All readings are in English translation. There are no prerequisites. This interactive seminar is for freshman and sophomores only.  

Course Books

Talons and Teeth: County Clerks and Runners in the Qing Dynasty by Reed, Bradly Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804737586 Required
The Washing Away of Wrongs: Forensic Medicine in Thirteenth-Century China by Tz'u Sung and Brian E. McKnight Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan. ISBN: 978-0892648007 Required
Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century by Naquin, Susan and Evelyn S. Rawski Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300046022 Required
True Crimes in Eighteenth-Century China: Twenty Case Histories by Robert E. Hegel University of Washington Press. ISBN: 978-0295989076 Required
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee by Robert van Gulik Dover. ISBN: 978-0486233376 Required