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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018
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WLL 245 - China and the West: The Myth of the Other


Credits: 3
Introduces and examines the experience of "the other" from both Chinese and Western standpoints. The image of the other has always been historically shaped to represent values that are considered different from one's own. In this course, we will look at China as an idealized utopia in the eyes of some eighteenth-century Europeans, or as a land of ignorance as described in some early modern literature and cultural texts. In discussing such issues as Orientalism vs. Occidentalism and cultural relativism vs. universalism, we will examine the polemics of cultural difference in ethical terms.
Note(s): (Designated a non-Western culture course; fulfills humanities requirement.)
M. Chen



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