RELST 3331

RELST 3331

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This course explores the intentional removal of oneself from society as expressed in East Asian Buddhist literature, through the acts of hermits and pilgrims. We read the diaries, essays, autobiographies, and poetry of recluse monks and nuns from China, Korea and Japan, and the musings of pilgrims through the ages in these countries, with special attention to Japan. Last, we examine how the actions of many of these writers influenced the American counter-culture movement in the 1960's and into the present. We inquire what light these writings can shed on "the great resignation" of recent years, and "quiet quitting" as a response to late capitalism, ecosystem collapse and climate change and social upheaval in our current times. Many of the figures we read were directly critiquing social excess and materialism, and these writings offer surprising assessments of our current age.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 3331

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18486 RELST 3331   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person