Variations of the image above appear frequently in Chinese-language searches of "Li Bai and Du Fu."
Guest speaker on Li Bai and Du Fu in Chinese literary culture (Lei Pan)
Guided analysis (philosophy):
Pair analysis (gender analysis):
Homework: Assignment #405
Zhang Huan, "Q Confucius no. 2" (left) and "Q Confucius no. 6," part of an exhibit at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, 2012. Description by Professor Sam Crane, Williams College: "The big animatronic Confucius bust ("Q Confucius no. 2") is speechless: the Sage is not offering us his wise words. Rather, he just looms there, quietly inhaling and exhaling, in a shallow pool of water, a hulking presence. . . . Equally unusual is "Q Confucius no. 6," a robotic Confucius that lurches about within a steel cage. . . . [He] is not settled and comfortable. He thrashes about, armless (unable to hold on to anything), wordless, uncertain. To me, this does not suggest Confucianism as solution but, rather, Confucianism as another site of struggle and confusion and unrest. A supposed cultural golden age of the past cannot be reclaimed in the modern/postmodern present.
As we finish out unit I, this is a good time to reflect on the components we are hoping to tackle over the course of the semester:
Yu Dan on Confucius and the Confucius Temple Performances
"Mozi Saves the Song"《墨子救宋》, a graphic novel (lianhuanhua 連環畫) originally published in 1951 by the Chaohua Fine Arts Publishing House and reissued in 2005 by the People's Fine Arts Publishing House.
Life of Mozi:
Times of Mozi:
Consider in triads:
Exploration of key themes:
Homework: Assignment #103
Statue of Confucius at the entrance of the Confucius Temple in Beijing. Photo by Mr. Hall.
China before Confucius
Thinking about technology and states are good, loose ways of showing the bigger context of our first two units:
Late Neolithic Cultures and Bronze Age China. Source: Patricia Buckley Ebrey, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, 2nd ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 28.
The Axial Age in Chinese History. Source: Mr. Hall. (Download as PDF)
North China Plain during the late Spring and Autumn period (5th century BCE). Source: Wikimedia.
Confucius: Life and Times
For our next part, we will rely on very brief interviews with noted historians. This will be a three-step process:
Confucius: What did he think?
The second part of class will be dedicated to more open roundtable discussion dedicated to the thought of Confucius.
Homework: Assignment #102