Iconic Monuments in Asia

History 103F.002

Fall 2014
Section: 
002
Instructor: 
Location: 
3205 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
W 10-12P
CCN: 
39438
Units: 
4
  • Note new room.
  • This course proposes to introduce a range of different types of icons and monuments in Asia (China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea), from people whose histories loom larger-than-life (including Confucius, Cao Cao, Rikkyu the first tea-master, and Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in history) to major cities (e.g., the Forbidden Cities in Beijing and Hui, plus Tokugawa Tokyo), to sacred mountains, temple complexes, and fabled gardens.  Why and how cultural memories come to be fixed and developed at specific sites over time is one of the larger questions that will drive this course, also whether those cultural memories can be revisited and revised for the modern world without trauma or kitsch.

Course Books

The Myth of Continents by Karen Wigen University of California Press. ISBN: ISBN-10: 0520207432 Required
The One Taste of Truth: Zen and the Art of Drinking Tea by Wilson, William Scott Shambala. ISBN: IBSN: 978-0-8348-2854-4 Required
Fruitful Sites by Clunas, Craig Reaktion. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0948462887 Required
Norton Critical Edition of the Analects by Nylan, Michael Norton. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0393911954 Required