Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: The Chinese Detective

History 39N

Fall 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
2070 VLSB
Day & Time: 
W 12-2
CCN: 
16467
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.

Course Books

The Washing Away of Wrongs: Forensic Medicine in Thirteenth-Century China by McKnight, Brian University of Michigan. ISBN: 978-0892648009 Required
True Crimes in Eighteenth-Century China: Twenty Case Histories by Hegel, Robert University of Washington Press. ISBN: 978-0295989075 Required
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An) by van Gulik, Robert Dover. ISBN: 978-0486233376 Required
Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century by Naquin, Susan and Rawski Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300046021 Required
How to Write a Damn Good Mystery by Frey, James N. St. Martin's. ISBN: 978-0312304461 Required