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Chinese Poetry Then and Now

Fall 2019
In Session
10 AM - 12 PM
October 25, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2019


Main Campus



It is for good reason that China is often called a land of poetry.  As the longest continuous form of creative writing in the country, poetry has been a defining feature in the life of China’s elite, from their participation in the civil service exams to their performance of rituals on official and leisure occasions. The ideas for poetry and its genre formation, however, have been a subject of constant debate throughout history, the most radical of which took place at the turn of the nineteenth century, when Chinese men of letters embarked on a journey toward modernity.  In this seminar we will trace the origin of poetry and examine the different conceptions of poetics at the critical moments in the development of China’s poetic culture. And we will read exemplary poems from different periods to appreciate the triumph of the human spirit and the power of imagination of Chinese poets. 

Registration Opens Online: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

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No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically. 

Meet Your Professor

Department of East Asian Studies

DIAN LI is Professor, Department of East Asian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan and then taught at Iowa State University before joining the University of Arizona Department of East Asian Studies in 1999. He is the author of two books and many essays and articles on modern Chinese poetry, fiction, and films.

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