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CCCC / 古文品讀: Norman Kutcher

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Rockefeller Hall, 374 - Asian Studies Lounge
Central Campus

Norman Kutcher is a historian of late imperial and modern China, and is particularly interested in the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).  He is the author of Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and of Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule (University of California Press, 2018).  Both books deal with an abiding interest:  the cultural forces that shape rulership in China.  His articles have appeared in The Journal of Asian StudiesThe Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and The American Historical Review, among other venues. His work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation and by the American Council of Learned Societies.  He has been a Senior Research Scholar at the Qing History Institute of Renmin University, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and a Fellow of the National Humanities Center. 

About the CCCC / 古文品讀:

CCCC is a reading group for students and scholars interested in premodern Chinese studies. All are welcome, at any level of experience with classical Chinese. 

At each session one participant presents a text in classical or literary Chinese. Attendees discuss historical, literary, linguistic, and all other aspects of the text, and work together to resolve difficulties in comprehension and translation. Presentations include works of all sorts, from the earliest times to the twentieth century. 

No preparation required: all texts will be distributed at the meeting. 

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Class/ Workshop


Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, History, East Asia Program, Society for the Humanities




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Syracuse University

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