Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Fall 2022 EALC

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
EALC B263-001 The Chinese Revolution 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall D
In Person
Jiang,Y.
EALC B281-001 Food in Translation: Theory and Practice: Taste 1Semester / 1 LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM F Old Library 116
In Person
Kwa,S.
EALC B322-001 Topics: Considering the Dream of Red Chambers 1Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Old Library 118
In Person
Kwa,S.
EALC B325-001 Topics in Chinese History and Culture: Legal Culture in Chinese History 1Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall D
In Person
Jiang,Y.
CNSE B001-001 Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Old Library 116
In Person
Liu,Y.
CNSE B001-002 Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Old Library 116
In Person
Liu,Y.
CNSE B001-00A Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Drill at Haverford: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM MWF In Person Yang,L.
CNSE B001-00B Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Drill at Haverford: 10:30 AM-11:30 AM MWF In Person Yang,L.
CNSE B001-00C Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Drill at Haverford: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM MWF In Person Yang,L.
CNSE B003-001 Second-Year Chinese 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Old Library 116
In Person
Zhang,C.
CNSE B003-002 Second-Year Chinese 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Old Library 116
In Person
Zhang,C.
CNSE B003-00A Second-Year Chinese 1Semester / 1 Drill at Haverford: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM TTH In Person Yang,L.
CNSE B003-00B Second-Year Chinese 1Semester / 1 Drill at Haverford: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM TTH In Person Yang,L.
CNSE B007-001 First-Year Chinese Non-Intensive 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Old Library 116
In Person
Liu,Y.
HART B320-001 Topics in Chinese Art: Art and Environment in Traditional China 1Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 15
In Person
Shi,J.

Spring 2023 EALC

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
EALC B131-001 Chinese Civilization 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Taylor Hall D
In Person
Jiang,Y.
EALC B200-001 Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM T Old Library 118
In Person
Kwa,S.
EALC B264-001 Human Rights in China 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall D
In Person
Jiang,Y.
EALC B355-001 Animals, Vegetables, Minerals in East Asian Literature & Film 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM T Old Library 118
In Person
Kwa,S., Kwa,S.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM M Old Library 110
In Person
CNSE B002-001 Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Old Library 116
In Person
Liu,Y.
CNSE B002-002 Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Old Library 116
In Person
Liu,Y.
CNSE B002-00A Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Drill at Haverford: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM MWF Sharpless 227
In Person
Yang,L.
CNSE B002-00B Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Drill at Haverford: 10:30 AM-11:30 AM MWF Sharpless 227
In Person
Yang,L.
CNSE B002-00C Intensive First-Year Chinese 1.5Semester / 1.5 Drill at Haverford: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM MWF Sharpless 227
In Person
Yang,L.
CNSE B008-001 First Year Chinese (Non-intensive) 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH In Person Yang,L.
CNSE B102-001 Third-Year Chinese 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Old Library 104
In Person
Zhang,C.
CNSE B403-001 Supervised Work 1Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
HART B120-001 History of Chinese Art 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Carpenter Library 21
In Person
Shi,J.

Fall 2023 EALC

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2022-23 Catalog Data: EALC

EALC B110 Intro to Chinese Literature (in English)

Not offered 2022-23

Students will study a wide range of texts from the beginnings through the Qing dynasty. The course focuses on the genres of poetry, prose, fiction and drama, and considers how both the forms and their content overlap and interact. Taught in English.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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EALC B131 Chinese Civilization

Spring 2023

A broad chronological survey of Chinese culture and society from the Bronze Age to the 1800s, with special reference to such topics as belief, family, language, the arts and sociopolitical organization. Readings include primary sources in English translation and secondary studies.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

Counts Toward East Asian Languages and Cultures

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EALC B200 Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches

Spring 2023

This course is a writing intensive course for EALC majors and minors to introduce some foundational ideas and concepts in the study of East Asia. Beginning with close readings of primary source texts, students are introduced to the philosophy and culture of China, and its subsequent transmission and adaptation across the vast geographical area that is commonly referred to as "East Asia." Students will gain familiarity with methods in this interdisciplinary field and develop skills in the practice of close critical analysis, bibliography, and the formulation of a research topic. Required of EALC majors and minors. Majors should take this course before the senior year. Prerequisite: One year of Chinese or Japanese.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B212 Topics: Introduction to Chinese Literature

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course. Topics may vary.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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EALC B225 Topics in Modern Chinese Literature

Not offered 2022-23

This a topics course. This course explores modern China from the early 20th century to the present through its literature, art and films, reading them as commentaries of their own time. Topics vary.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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EALC B240 Topics in Chinese Film

Section 001 (Spring 2022): Films of Wong Kar-Wai

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

Counts Toward Film Studies

Counts Toward Visual Studies

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EALC B263 The Chinese Revolution

Fall 2022

Places the causes and consequences of the 20th century revolutions in historical perspective, by examining its late-imperial antecedents and tracing how the revolution has (and has not) transformed China, including the lives of such key revolutionary supporters as the peasantry, women, and intellectuals.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B264 Human Rights in China

Spring 2023

This course will examine China's human rights issues from a historical perspective. The topics include diverse perspectives on human rights, historical background, civil rights, religious practice, justice system, education, as well as the problems concerning some social groups such as migrant laborers, women, ethnic minorities and peasants.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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EALC B270 Topics in Chinese History

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course, course content varies.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B281 Food in Translation: Theory and Practice

Section 001 (Fall 2022): Taste

Fall 2022

This semester we will explore the connections between what we eat and how we define ourselves in the context of global culture. We will proceed from the assumption that food is an object of culture, and that our contemplation of its transformations and translations in production, preparation, consumption, and distribution will inform our notions of personal and group identity. This course takes Chinese food as a case study, and examines the way that Chinese food moves from its host country to diasporic communities all over the world, using theories of translation as our theoretical and empirical foundation. From analyzing menu and ingredient translations to producing a short film based on interviews, we will consider the relationship between food and communication in a multilingual and multicultural world. Readings include theoretical texts on translation (Apter), recipe books and menus, Chinese and Chinese-American literature (Classic of Poetry, Mo Yan, Hong Kingston). Films include Ian Cheney's "Searching for General Tso," Wayne Wang's "Soul of a Banquet" and "Eat a Bowl of Tea," Ang Li's "Eat Drink Man Woman," and Wong Karwai's "In the Mood for Love."

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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EALC B310 Advanced Readings in the Graphic Narrative

Not offered 2022-23

This advanced seminar focuses on critical and theoretical approaches to the graphic novel. In the past several decades, a genre of "auteur comics" has emerged from the medium that are highly literary with a deep engagement between form and meaning. This seminar focuses on weekly close readings of such graphic novels with rigorous analysis of form and content. Primary text readings are supplemented with readings from literary theory, visual studies, and philosophy. Participants are expected to be comfortable with the application of literary critical theory and visual studies theory to texts. There are no prerequisites for the course, but due to the quantity and complexity of the reading material, some background in literary study is necessary. Students interested in taking this course in fulfillment of a major requirement in Comparative Literature or East Asian Languages and Cultures will need to discuss with me prior to enrollment. Preference given to students who have taken EALC B255. This semester (Spring 2021) we will explore theories of narrative in the context of the graphic narrative. Students will read and view primary texts, supplemented by theoretical readings, that engage questions of how subjects develop through unconventional notions of "travel" in time, space, or both. THIS COURSE IS OFFERED AS PART OF A 360

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Counts Toward East Asian Languages and Cultures

Counts Toward Visual Studies

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EALC B322 Topics: Considering the Dream of Red Chambers

Fall 2022

The Dream of Red Chambers (Hongloumeng) is arguably the most important novel in Chinese literary history. The novel tells the story of the waxing and waning of fortunes of the Jia family and their networks of family and social relations, and in its finely articulated details also serves as a chronicle of the Qing dynasty, an examination of visual culture, environment, kinship, sociology, economics, religious and cultural beliefs, and the structures of domestic life. In addition to addressing these aspects that we might categorize as external, the novel also turns inwards and examines the human heart and mind. How can we know another? How do we define ourselves? These questions, and many others, have occupied scholars for the last two centuries. We will spend the semester reading all five volumes of the David Hawkes translation, with secondary readings assigned to guide the discussion based on the semester's theme. Course topics varies.

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EALC B325 Topics in Chinese History and Culture

Section 001 (Fall 2021): Legal Culture in Chinese History
Section 001 (Fall 2022): Legal Culture in Chinese History

Fall 2022

This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Current topic description: This seminar explores legal culture in Chinese history with an emphasis on the imperial age. Topics includes philosophical foundation of legal culture; evolution of legal institutions; the role of law in the founding of the Chinese empire, stabilizing government, regulating family, structuring society, defining gender, and transforming the people. This course meets the College requirements for "Approaches to Inquiry" in "Cross-cultural Analysis" and "Inquiry into the Past.

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EALC B345 Topics in East Asian Culture

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course. Course contents vary.

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EALC B353 The Environment on China's Frontiers

Not offered 2022-23

This seminar explores environmental issues on China's frontiers from a historical perspective. It focuses on the particular relationship between the environment and the frontier, examining how these two variables have interacted. The course will deal with the issues such as the relationship between the environment and human ethnic and cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, and changing perceptions. The frontier regions under discussion include Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and the southwestern ethnic areas, which are all important in defining what China is and who the Chinese are.

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EALC B355 Animals, Vegetables, Minerals in East Asian Literature & Film

Spring 2023

This semester, we will explore how artists question, explore, celebrate, and critique the relationships between humans and the environment. Through a topics-focused course, students will examine the ways that narratives about environment have shaped the way that humans have defined themselves. We will be reading novels and short stories and viewing films that contest conventional binaries of man and animal, civilization and nature, tradition and technology, and even truth and fiction. "Animals, Vegetables, Minerals" does not follow chronological or geographical frameworks, but chooses texts that engage the three categories enumerated as the major themes of our course. We will read and discuss animal theory, theories of place and landscape, and theories of modernization or mechanization; and there will be frequent (and intentional) overlap between these categories. We will also be watching films that extend our theoretical questions of thes e themes beyond national, linguistic, and generic borders. You are expected to view this course as a collaborative process in which you share responsibility for leading discussion. There are no prerequisites or language expectations, but students should have some basic knowledge of East Asian, especially Sinophone, history and culture, or be willing to do some additional reading (suggested by the instructor) to achieve an adequate contextual background for exploring these texts.

Counts Toward Environmental Studies

Counts Toward Visual Studies

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EALC B398 Senior Seminar

A research workshop culminating in the writing and presentation of a senior thesis. Required of all majors; open to concentrators and others by permission.

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EALC B403 Supervised Work

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CNSE B001 Intensive First-Year Chinese

Fall 2022

An intensive introductory course in modern spoken and written Chinese. The development of oral-aural skills is integrated through grammar explanations and drill sessions designed to reinforce new material through active practice. Six hours a week of lecture and oral practice plus one-on-one sessions with the instructor. This is a year-long course; both semesters are required for credit. Requires attendance at class and drills.

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CNSE B002 Intensive First-Year Chinese

Spring 2023

An intensive introductory course in modern spoken and written Chinese. The development of oral-aural skills is integrated through grammar explanations and drill sessions designed to reinforce new material through active practice. Six hours a week of lecture and oral practice plus one-on-one sessions with the instructor. This is a year-long course; both semesters are required for credit. Attendance required at class and drills

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CNSE B003 Second-Year Chinese

Fall 2022

Second-Year Chinese aims for further development of language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Five hours of class plus individual conference. This is a year-long course; both semesters (CNSE 003 and 004) are required for credit. Prerequisite: First-year Chinese or a passing score on the Placement Exam. Requires attendance at class and drills

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CNSE B007 First-Year Chinese Non-Intensive

Fall 2022

This course is designed for students who have some facility in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese but have not yet achieved sufficient proficiency to take Second Year Chinese. It is a year-long course that covers the same lessons as the intensive First Year Chinese, but the class meets only three hours a week. Students must place into Chinese B007 through the Chinese Language Placement exam.

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CNSE B008 First Year Chinese (Non-intensive)

Spring 2023

This course is designed for students who have some facility in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese but have not yet achieved sufficient proficiency to take Second Year Chinese. It is a year-long course that covers the same lessons as the intensive First Year Chinese, but the class meets only three hours a week. Prerequisite: CNSE B007

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CNSE B102 Third-Year Chinese

Spring 2023

A focus on overall language skills through reading and discussion of modern short essays, as well as on students' facility in written and oral expression. Audio- and videotapes of drama and films are used as study aids. Prerequisite(s): CNSE 101

Counts Toward Counts toward East Asian Languages and Cultures

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CNSE B403 Supervised Work

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COML B225 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance

Not offered 2022-23

The course is in English. It examines the ban on books, films, and art in a global context through a study of the historical and sociopolitical conditions of censorship practices. This semester our focus will be on Germany and China. The course raises such questions as how censorship is used to fortify political power, how it is practiced locally and globally, who censors, what are the categories of censorship, how censorship succeeds and fails, and how writers and artists write and create against and within censorship. The last question leads to an analysis of rhetorical strategies that writers and artists employ to translate the expression of repression, trauma, and torture into idioms of resistance. Current focus: Censorship in Germany and China. German majors/minors can get German Studies credit. Prerequisite: EMLY B001 or a 100-level intensive writing course.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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HART B120 History of Chinese Art

Spring 2023

This course is a survey of the arts of China from Neolithic to the contemporary period, focusing on bronze vessels of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, the Chinese appropriation of Buddhist art, and the evolution of landscape and figure painting traditions.This course was formerly numbered HART B274; students who previously completed HART B274 may not repeat this course.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B320 Topics in Chinese Art

Section 001 (Fall 2022): Art and Environment in Traditional China
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Visual and Material Perspectives on the Silk Road

Fall 2022

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100- or 200-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art.

Current topic description: Focusing on the eastern part of the route that connects India, Central Asia, China, and Japan from antiquity to the medieveal period, this course surveys a variety of artworks and visual materials not only in formal and iconographic terms but also through social, political, and particularly religious perspectives.

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SOCL B268 Environmental Sustainability

Not offered 2022-23

This course relates a broadly construed understanding of environmental sustainability to the historical development of the major concepts and developments in sociology. It situates the development of sociology as responding to major social problems in the natural and built environment, and demonstrates how the key theoretical developments and empirical findings of sociology are crucial in understanding how these problems develop, persist, and are addressed or fail to be addressed. Conceptually, it begins with the radical environmental changes at the dawn of modernity that gave rise to European sociology and the massive urban social problems experienced in rapidly changing urban areas that gave rise to American sociology. Empirically, it moves through a series of more contemporary case studies of environmental problems (including both single-event "disasters" and ongoing slowly developing ever-present realities) that demonstrate both the context for sociology's development and the promise sociology offers in understanding environmental problems. The course will have a global focus drawing on case studies from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, with special attention given to East Asia.

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Contact Us

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Shiamin Kwa
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Co-Chair of the department
Phone: 610-526-5671
skwa@brynmawr.edu

Hank Glassman
Janet and Henry Ritchotte '85 Professor of Asian Studies; Associate Professor and Co-Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Phone: 610-710-1822
hglassma@haverford.edu