Debrief on Parent’s Weekend
We left off in 280 and will not pick up story again until 618. What happened in the middle?
What should we note about this period?
Yan Hongzi (嚴宏滋), “Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove,” 18th century, Princeton University Art Museum.
Map: “The World of Asian Buddhism” in Robert Strayer, Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011), 400.
Sui reunited country through conquest in 581.
Succeeding Tang (618–907) and Song (960–1279) dynasties viewed in different ways as “Golden Age” due to:
Maps: “Tang China” (above) and “Shifting South” (below) in Patricia Ebrey, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, 2nd ed. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 110 and 137.
As you can see, much we could cover. We will focus mainly on gender while continuing our crossover between history and literature with examination of a Tang-era short story and some examples of celebrated poetry
Approaching Gender in Chinese History: Group work and discussion
Today, we are going to break out into four groups examining short selections drawn from Patricia Ebrey, “Women, Marriage, and the Family in Chinese History,” in Paul S. Ropp, ed., Heritage of China: Contemporary Perspectives on Chinese Civilization (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990), 197-223.
First, read the selection relevant to each group:
When we return as a group, we will share our findings and work toward a common understanding on the following topics:
Homework: Assignment #402