The Poetics of Tao Yuanming

B460 — Fall 2022

Michael Ing
Days and Times
MW 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Course Description

Tao Yuanming (365–427AD) is one of the most recognized Chinese poets in the world. This discussion-oriented course engages in a close reading of Tao’s poetry with an eye toward questions such as: What makes us happy? What things in life are worthy of grief if we do not have them? How ought we to respond to situations where our righteous desires are thwarted? How do we confront our own mortality? Previous coursework on Chinese philosophy, history, or religion is strongly recommended. All readings are in English, with the possibility of an extra session for those who read classical Chinese.

Credits: CASE A&H, CASE IW