History of Chinese Literature

History of Chinese Literature

1. In the readings for the second half of the course, we have encountered a few
truly remarkable female characters, among them Du Li-niang, Du Tenth, and
Miao-gu. Write a paper analyzing one of these characters. Your analysis should
be focused on their personalities and based solely on the text under
consideration rather than on anecdotal evidence or personal experience.
2. Following closely along with the storyline of the Mu-lien text, please describe
how the rescue of one’s mother from a Buddhist hell is indicative of the broader
Chinese concept of filial piety. Please note that what we ask here is not your
understanding of filial piety per se, but how the story illustrates the notion.
3. Describe a hypothetical debate between Ying-ying and Du Li-niang about love.
Illustrate where and how they might, or might not agree with each other.
Support your argument with evidence drawn from both texts.
4. Ne-zha’s story is told from an omnipresent, third-person perspective by a
narrator who seems to know everything. Rewrite the story from Ne-zha’s own,
restricted, first-person perspective. Focus on what is really relevant and
important and write in a fashion that is both succinct and to the point. Since
this is a long story, you should aim to follow the main line of the plot rather
than strive for coverage.
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