CHIN 356: Chinese Environmental Literature
Chinese aesthetics in painting, poetry, architecture, garden and urban design are said to emphasize one of the essential concerns of sustainability, harmony between humans and their environment (tianren heyi 天人合一). In this course we study classical and modern Chinese literature (translations of poetry, fiction, and philosophy) to compare how Han Chinese, Taiwanese, Indigenous (shamanistic), Tibetan, and Mongolian traditions relate humans to their environments. Analyzing these literary imaginations of relational dynamics among humans, non-human animals, ecosystems, and cosmos may challenge our prevailing ecological paradigms. No previous knowledge of Chinese language, literature, or philosophy is required. PH, WB.