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UNIT 3: WORLD LITERATURE: ASIA

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How does Asian literature both honor and challenge cultural traditions?

LITERARY TEXTS--

DRAMA:

CHINA--

  • Thunderstorm by Cao Yu

INDIA--

NOVELS:

CHINA--

  • Family by Pa Jin

INDIA--

  • In Custody by Anita Desai

  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

  • Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya

  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

JAPAN--

  • After Dark by Haruki Murakami

  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

  • The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima

TURKEY--

CREATIVE NONFICTION:

IRAN--

  • Perseoplis by Marjane Satrapi

POETRY:

CHINA--

  • A Song of Ch'ang-kan” by Li Bai or Li Po (E)

  • On a Gate-tower at Yuzhou” by Chen Zi’ang

  • “Substance, Shadow, and Spirit” by T’ao Ch’ien

  • The Jade Mountain: A Chinese Anthology, Being Three Hundred Poems of the T’ang Dynasty 618-906 by Kiang Hang-Hu and Witter Bynner, trans. (selections)

INDIA--

  • "Song VII: My song has put off her adornments..." by Rabindranath Tagore (E)

  • The Golden Craft by Rabindranath Tagore (EA)

SANSKRIT--

  • Ramayana (attributed to the Hindu sage Valmiki)

SHORT STORIES:

CHINA--

JAPAN--

VIETNAM--

  • The General Retires and Other Stories by Nguyen Huy Thiep

INFORMATIONAL TEXTS--

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES:

  • Six Records of a Floating Life by Shen Fu (China)

NONFICTION:

  • Historical Dictionary of Modern Japanese Literature and Theater by J. Scott Miller

  • “Li Bai, A Hero among Poets, in the Visual, Dramatic, and Literary Arts of China” by Kathlyn Maurean Liscomb

  • The Analects of Confucius (selections)

  • The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature (Joshua Mostow, ed.)

  • The I Ching by transmitted by Fei Zhi

  • The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain by Nicholas B. Dirks

  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

  • The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff

  • The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (selections)

  • Trading Places: the East India company and Asia, 1600-1834 by Anthony Farrington

ART, MUSIC AND MEDIA--

ART:

CHINA--

JAPAN--

SOUTH ASIAN AND HIMALAYAN--

MEDIA:

  • Akira Kurosawa, dir., Rashomon (1950) (in Japanese with Spanish sub-titles)

  • Zhang Yimou, dir., Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

  • Chinese Poems of the Tang and Sung Dynasties: Read by Lo Kung-Yuan in Northern Chinese, Peking Dialect (Folkways Records, 1963)

  • Documentaries as found on DiscoveryEducation.com, A&E, and History Channel

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES--

FUNDAMENTALS--

WRITING:

  • Informative/explanatory essay discussing the ways in which the author’s work reflects or questions one of his or her country’s cultural traditions.

  • Compare and contrast the Midnight’s Children and Nectar in a Sieve.

  • Essay explaining how Benjamin Hoff’s allegories reveal Asian teachings.

GRAMMAR AND USAGE:


MECHANICS:


TERMINOLOGY:

  • Absurd

  • Allegory

  • Confucianism

  • Figurative language

  • Filial piety

  • First-person perspective

  • Foreshadowing

  • Internal monologue

  • Irony

  • Metaphor

  • Paradox

  • Perfect rhyme

  • Perspective

  • Poetic translation

  • Simile

  • Stream of consciousness

  • Symbol

  • Taoism

  • Theme

  • Third-person omniscience

  • Tone (Chinese)



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