October 11, 2010

Carma Hinton – Spring Courses

ARTH 384:001 Arts of China

What makes China the world’s oldest continuous civilization?  Highlighting some of China’s most remarkable artistic achievements, this course explores the dynamic ways in which China interacted with other cultures and absorbed their influences.  The course also examines how social, religious and political shifts have given rise to new forms of material culture and impacted artistic expression.  Despite such changes, however, certain themes and artistic impulses that emerged early on have persisted throughout China’s long history into the present.  This course identifies and traces these enduring characteristics that define what we recognize as Chinese.  Cross-listed as CHIN 470.

(T 4:30-7:10 pm)

HNRS 230:004 Ways of Eating, Ways of Being: Chinese Culture and Society through the Lens of Food

“We are what we eat” is a well-known proverb.  But we are also “how we eat.”  This course uses food as a lens to explore topics relating to Chinese society, politics, literature, and art.  The course also includes a global perspective by examining the ways in which the migrations of certain food plants and food ways into or out of China have blended cultures and changed societies.

(M 4:30-7:10 pm)