The Art of Reading: Introduction to Pre-Modern Chinese Literature in Translation (EN 101)
This course examines literary texts from pre-modern China (beginnings to 1911). Literary works in various genres and registers are analyzed in their broader sociocultural contexts along with an examination of their connections with human experiences and world communities. Students will read, analyze, and interpret literature with critical skills and enjoyment. Students are encouraged to reflect on the role literature plays in the contemporary world as well as in pre-modern China. All readings are provided in English translation.
Dr. Jinghua Wangling is an Associate Professor of Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She received her Ph.D. in pre-modern Chinese literature from Harvard. Her research interests include early and medieval Chinese literature, history, and art, with a focus on medieval Chinese poetry. She enjoys teaching Chinese language, literature and culture courses at Loyola.
Encountering the Past (HS 100)
Rather than approaching history as a list of dates, names, and historical events, this introductory course instead explores how historians have defined and practiced their craft, approached key themes in their scholarship, and deployed a vast array of evidence in support of historical interpretations. In other words, we will study how historians make their histories. In doing so, we will approach the discipline as a contested landscape full of debate and conflict where ideas do battle. Along the way, students will develop the skills necessary for understanding and producing histories, which include the critical evaluation of sources and the ability to write cogently and persuasively about events in the past. This section will focus on the causes and consequences of the “Taiping Rebellion” in China’s long nineteenth century.
Dr. Austin Parks hails from Bozeman, Montana, where he earned B.A.s in History and Photography from Montana State University. Following that, he advanced degrees in History from the University of Oregon (M.A.) and Northwestern (Ph.D.). His primary scholarly interests include modern Japanese history, visual culture, and war memory. Dr. Parks has taught East Asian history at Loyola University Maryland since 2017.
Laura Daddio works in the Office of International Programs. In this role she prepares Loyola students for the study abroad experience, supports them while abroad and facilitates the Study Abroad Ambassador program. Laura has been at Loyola since 2017 and a Messina mentor since 2019.
EN 101 satisfies the Literature core requirement for all students. HS 100 satisfies the History core requirement for all students.