This course offers a thematic introduction to the history of the human body and its cultivation in China. Over the course of the semester students will be introduced to a wide variety of Chinese bodies: martial bodies, filial bodies, possessed bodies, licentious bodies, and transfigured bodies, among others. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to situating bodies in history through an examination of religious, medical, literary, and visual sources, against the backdrop of various theoretical approaches from across gender studies, medical anthropology, and cultural theory. We will attempt to map the Chinese body by surveying the multiples ways in which it was imagined and depicted in religion, literature, art, and popular culture.
Section 401 - SEM
M 0500PM-0800PM