Expressing the Ineffeable in China and Beyond: The Making of Meaning in Poetic Writing
General Catalog Course Title:
Expressing the Ineffeable in China and Beyond: The Making of Meaning in Poetic Writing
Terms Offered:
Fall 2012
Course Thread: 
Visible Language
Instructor: 
Varsano, Paula

This course will explore how the Chinese and English-language literary traditions (broadly defined) delineate the realm of the ineffable, and how cultural notions of the inexpressible shape the writing and reading of poems, songs, and a selection of prose pieces, from the uses of figurative language and prosody to genre and canon formation. In addition, in order to deepen our understanding of how writing achieves its aims, some attention will be given to nonverbal modes of expression, including calligraphy and painting--and attempts to render them in writing. Over this course of study, students will not only refine their sensitivity to the power of artistic modes of indirection, but will also hone their skills in close reading, analytical writing, and oral expression. All readings will be in English.

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