Fall 2014

Eastern Classics Preceptorial 1

September 1 – October 24, 2014

 

Title: Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji)

Tutors: Michael Bybee or Michael Wolfe

Description: Sima Qian’s Shi Ji is the first major work of Chinese history and set the standard for all later histories. Sima Qian tells all of China’s history from its legendary foundations up to his own day (~ 100 BC), gives vivid descriptions of major events and figures, and makes a major contribution to the development of narrative Chinese prose.

First Assignment: “The Five Emperors, Basic Annals One” & “The Hsia, Basic Annals Two” (pp. 1-40 of the Nienhauser photocopy available in the Bookstore. The footnotes are unnecessary to read.)

Texts:

Xerox: “The Grand Scribe’s Records” Vol. I, Nienhauser, Jr. trans. (pp. 1-86)

Watson, Burton, tr., Records of the Grand Historian, Columbia U. Press

1. Qin Dynasty ISBN: 0231081693

2. Han Dynasty I ISBN: 0231081650

3. Han Dynasty II ISBN: 0231081677

 

Shi Ji Chapter Watson Page Nos.

1. 1-2 Nienhauser, Vol. 1

2. 3-4 Nienhauser, Vol. 1

3. 6 (Qin, pp. 35-83)

4. 15, 61, 68, 79 pp. 85-99, 131-157 (photocopy of section 61)

5. 85-88, 126 pp. 159-216 + Sima Qian’s Letter to Ren An

6. 48, 7 Han I: pp. 1-48

7. 8, 16 pp. 51-88

8. 53, 55, 56 pp. 91-128

9. 89-91 pp. 131-162

10. 92-94 pp. 163-202

11. 9-12, 106 pp. 267-319, 403-422

12. 28 Han II: pp. 3-52

13. 110 pp. 129-162

14. 117 pp. 259-306

15. 121, 119, 122 pp. 355-407

16. 124, 125, 127, 129 pp. 409-454

Fall 2014

Eastern Classics Preceptorial 2

October 28 – December 18, 2014

 

TitleMahabharata

Tutors: Michael Bybee or Michael Wolfe

Description:  “Whatever is here is found elsewhere. But whatever is not here is nowhere else.” Thus the Mahābhārata describes itself.  This monumental Sanskrit composition (ten times the length of the Iliad and Odyssey combined) indeed does seem to contain “everything.” Its compelling characters, both mortal and immortal, and its exquisite interwoven tales are fundamental to how the culture, philosophy and religion of India understand themselves, and indispensable for our understanding of them.  

 

First Assignment The Book of the Beginning, pp.19-63 (Lists – Puloman)

Texts

van Buitenen, J.A.B., tr., Mahabharata, University of Chicago Press:

  • Volume 1, The Book of the Beginning       

      ISBN: 9780226846637

  • Volume 2, The Book of the Assembly Hall, The Book of the Forest

      ISBN: 9780226846644

  • Volume 3 , The Book of Virata, The Book of the Effort

      ISBN: 9780226846651

 

Johnson, W.J., tr., Oxford World’s Classic

  • The Sauptikaparvan of the Mahabharata*

       ISBN: 978-0192823618

       *The Sauptikaparvan is out of print, but photocopies         are available in our Bookstore.

 

Readings

1. The Book of the Beginning, pp.19-63 (Lists – Puloman)

2. pp.63-123 (Astika)

3. pp.123-210 (The Descent – Latter Days of Yayati) (pp. 145-154 may be skimmed quickly)

4. pp.210-73 (Latter Days of Yayati – The Origins )

5. pp.274-344 (The Fire in the Lacquer House – Citraratha concluded)

6. pp.344-405 (Draupadi’s Bridegroom Choice – Arjuna’s Sojourn in the Forest

7. pp.405-31 (the Abduction of Subhadra – Burning of the Khandava Forest): discussion of whole of Book 1.

8. The Book of the Assembly Hall: Read italicized summaries pp.33-106, then read whole pp.106-69 (The Dicing – The Sequel to the Dicing). At this point note that the Sauptikaparvan volume has narrative summaries in the back; read summary for Book 4, The Book of Virata.

9. The Book of the Effort, pp.187-254 (Embassy of Samjaya)

10. pp.254-94 (Dhrtarastra’s Vigil – Sanatsujata)

11. pp.294-339 (The Suing for Peace)

12. pp.344-82 (The Coming of the Lord ); 415-442 (The Coming of the Lord. continued)

13. In Volume 3, The Book of the Forest, 780-795 (The Robbing of the Earrings), then The Book of the Effort, pp. 442-461 (The Temptation of Karna)

14. The Book of the Effort, pp.461-532 (The Marching Out – Amba)

15. The Sauptikaparvan: read Summaries in Appendix, then main text pp. 5-86