Small collaborative research projects of faculty with graduate and under- graduate students. Close mentoring of students. Training in methods of cultural analysis and interpretation. Projects developed in conjunction with ongoing faculty initiatives. Students will present their research in the form of a term paper or some equivalent medium. Funding available to support students’ research. Director of Graduate Studies consent required. One course / 3 units.
Reading and assessment of new scholarship on Ottoman culture, society, politics, and state. Supplemented by critical texts on historiography, identity, gender, religion, and orientalism. Topics include “gazi thesis,” secular and Islamic law, “Kadi justice,” everyday life, and role of women. Final research project with interdisciplinary focus. One course.
Survey of works in Chinese from Confucius to the Qing Dynasty including short stories, novels, autobiographical writings, and poetry. Topics include the role of the educated elite in relation to literature and culture and how the literati portray themselves in their works. Relations between orthodoxy and marginalization of the literati and its impact on their writing. (Same as AMES432S but requires extra assignments.) One course / 3 units.