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Course Description

This new course examines Chinese notions about the “strange” (guai) and the “fantastic” (qi) through literary works from antiquity to the present day. Our readings will include, among other things, foundational myths, accounts of the anomalous, stories of fox spirits and demons, miracle tales, proto-science fiction, and martial arts fantasy. We will discuss the ways in which the Chinese literary tradition explored how the strange might be comprehended or even normalized, and how fantasy might intersect with and influence reality. All readings will be in translation.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences