Sinology and Its Relationship to Humanities and Social Science; Its Perils and Wonders

Because I have called, and ye refused. . .I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction come as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. . .[in the form of a book review].

A. General Readings: Wilkinson, pp. i–xxiv, 1–61.

B. Sinology and its relationship to the disciplines: soul-searching and academic posturing, a curious episode in academic history.

1. Reading assignments

a. Eide, Elling. “Methods in Sinology: Problems of Teaching and Learning,” Journal of Asian Studies 21.1(1971): 131–41.

b. From a symposium on “Chinese Studies and the Disciplines,” Journal of Asian Studies 23.4(1964): 531–41.

Levenson, Joseph R. “The Humanistic Disciplines: Will Sinology Do?”:507–12.
Wright, Mary C. “Chinese History and the Historical Vocation.”: 513–16.
Skinner, William G. “What the Study of China Can Do for Social Science.”:517–22.
Freedman, Maurice. “What the Study of Social Science.Can Do for China “:523–29.
Mote, Fredrick W. “The Case for the Integrity of Sinology.”:531–34.
Murphey, Rhodes. “Discussant Remarks.”:535–36.
Schwartz, Benjamin. “The Fetish of the Disciplines.”:537–38.

c. Responses to “Chinese Studies and the Disciplines,” Journal of Asian Studies 24.1(1965): 109–14.

Twitchett, Denis. “A Lone Cheer for Sinology.”:109–12.
Hsiao Kung-chuan. “Chinese Studies and the Disciplines—The Twins Shall Meet.”: 112–14.

2. Writing assignment. (Due Friday 8/29)
A short essay (2–3 pages) reviewing the above articles, addressing the question: Are the concerns expressed by the above writers still relevant? Put your answer in the context of traditional disciplines and more recent inter-disciplinary trends.

C. Caveats to Sinologists.

Edward Said, Orientalism, first three chapters.

D. Boning up on Textual Criticism and on the Classics.

Reading assignment:

1. Houseman, A. E. “The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism?” In The Collected Writings of A. E. Houseman, pp. 325–39. London: Penguin Books, 1983.

2. Qu Wanli 屈萬里. “Guji gailüe yiji chu xue bi du guji jianmu” 古籍概略以及初學必讀古籍簡目. In Guji daodu 古籍導讀 pp. 1–42. Taipei: Kaiming shudian, 1974.