East Asian Literatures of Love

EALC-E115 — Fall 2020

Instructor
Susan Hwang
Location
Global and International Studies Building 1100
Days and Times
TR 9:30 - 10:45 am
Course Description

What do we talk about when we talk about love? Is it self-love, self-interest, or altruistic emotion? And what's sex got to do with love? This introductory survey course examines love in East Asian literature from earliest legends to 21st-century novels. We will explore diverse expressions of love--sexual, romantic, narcissistic, erotic, filial, nationalistic, and so on--in various forms of literary works (legends, short fiction, poems, drama), films, and songs. How was the language of love used to explore questions of gender, class, and/or national identity? Students will learn about the historical specificities as well as the culturally interconnected experiences of love in East Asia. All readings will be in English translation. No prior knowledge of East Asia is required. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course fulfills IUB GenEd A&H and World Culture as well as
COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry.

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