ASAM2310 - 18th-Century Seminar: China in the English Imagination

Status
X
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
18th-Century Seminar: China in the English Imagination
Term
2022C
Subject area
ASAM
Section number only
401
Section ID
ASAM2310401
Course number integer
2310
Meeting times
CANCELED
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Chi-Ming Yang
Description
This course explores the material culture of china-mania that spread across England and Europe in the eighteenth century, from chinoiserie vogues in fashion, tea, porcelain, and luxury goods, to the idealization of Confucius by Enlightenment philosophers. How was Asia was imagined and understood by Europeans during a period of increased trade between East and West? The course texts include travel writing, poetry, essays, and plays. Students will work closely with rare books and with art objects at the Penn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The course is designed to provide historical background to contemporary problems of Orientalism, Sinophilia, and Sinophobia.
Course number only
2310
Cross listings
COML2031401, EALC1321401, ENGL2031401
Fulfills
Cross Cultural Analysis
Use local description
No