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The Confucian Tradition in Literature: Part Two–Chinese Poetry: Origins of a Literary Tradition

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Chinese Poetry is an accessible and enjoyable overview of the development of poetry under Confucian influence, following a chronological outline. Making sure students viewed the first film on the Confucian Tradition would be smart,  because this film, part II, gives little  background or information about Confucianism, focusing instead on tracing Confucian principles through eight centuries of Chinese poetry. I shared the film with my first semester Freshman Humanities survey class to elicit their responses, and many of them mentioned it left them wanting more context, more information in particular about Chinese history and the Book of Songs.

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