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Asian Literature - Chapter Summary
Follow along with our expert instructors to explore the characteristics of Asian literature. You'll get an overview of the history of Asia and examine the ways in which historical events influenced the continent's literature. You'll also explore the works of famous Asian authors, including Tsurayuki, Kiyoko, Yiqing, Xun and Ghalib. Following each lesson is a short quiz to help you retain the information you study. The chapter is available 24/7, and you can use any computer or mobile device to access it. When you're finished working through the chapter you'll be equipped to:
- Trace the rise of the early Japanese state
- Summarize and analyze Tsurayuki's The Japanese Preface
- Describe life in the Pacific and modern Japan
- Evaluate the importance of Uda Kiyoko's haikus
- Recognize significant innovations of China's Sui, Tang and Song dynasties
- Analyze Yiqing's From a New Account of Tales of the World, Xun's Diary of a Madman and Ghalib's It Was Essential
- Explain the history of Asia's interwar conflict between the World Wars
- Identify rulers of the Mughal Empire
- Assess the presence of British rule and nationalism in India
- Interpret the relationship between culture and bias in Ramabai's Married Life
1. The Rise of the Early Japanese State
With a relatively wide barrier of sea to separate them from any undesired outside influences, the Japanese are unique in that they were largely able to develop on their own. That said, there were surprising parallels between Japan and other parts of the world.
2. Tsurayuki's The Japanese Preface: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will summarize and analyze 'The Japanese Preface' written by Ki no Tsurayuki for the 'Kokin Wakashu,' which is a collection of Japanese poems that was compiled in the 10th century.
3. Life in Modern Japan & the Pacific
In this lesson, you will explore modern Japan and the Pacific, including the current economies, cultures and politics of the region. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Uda Kiyoko's Haiku: Importance, Analysis & Interpretation
Meet Uda Kiyoko, an important figure in the modern haiku movement in Japan. In this lesson, you will learn about her particular style of haiku. You'll also learn how to analyze her poetry through the lens of cultural criticism.
5. Innovations of the Sui, Tang & Song Dynasties of China
Many of the most famous innovations of Chinese history occurred during the years preceding the Mongol Conquest. Three dynasties, the Sui, Tang, and Song, ruled supreme during this period.
6. Interwar Conflict in Asia Between World Wars: History & Response
In this lesson, we discuss Japan and China and the disparate fortunes of the two nations during the interwar period, including Japanese military aggression toward China.
7. Xun's Diary of a Madman: Analysis & Interpretation
In this lesson, we will analyze and interpret the short story 'Diary of a Madman' by Lu Xun. This story contains the diary of a man who descends into illness, which serves as an allegory for Chinese culture in the early 1900s.
8. The Mughal Empire: History, Rulers & Decline
From the hopes of Babur and Akbar to build an empire that all people could be proud of, to the obsession of Shah Jahan for his lost wife and the sheer cruelty of Aurangzeb, the Mughal Empire's history offers something for everyone.
9. Ghalib's It Was Essential: Analysis & Symbolism
In this lesson, we will analyze and discuss the symbolism in the poem 'It Was Essential' by Ghalib. This poem is about a man who is mourning the loss of a child.
10. British Rule & Nationalism in India
Although they fell into full rule of India almost by accident, the British were able to bring remarkable ability and passion to their rule. That said, as some Indians fell in love with British culture, more longed for the ideals of democracy and nationalism that were denied to them. The legacy of British rule remains controversial to this day.
11. Culture & Bias in Ramabai's Married Life
In this lesson, we will examine culture and bias in 'Married Life,' which is the third chapter in Pandita Ramabai's book ''The High Caste Hindu Woman.'' This 1887 publication describes conditions for women in India at that time.
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