Does the Larishka ‘biography’ change your view of life in Tang dynasty China? How does it compare with Strayer and Nelson’s descriptions of the period?
Why do you think your instructor assigned the primary sources The Dancing Horses and Iranian Whirling Girl? What aspects of Tang dynasty Chinese culture described in Strayer and Nelson do these documents illustrate? Do they change, enhance, confuse or contrast with the world described by Strayer and Nelson?
Compare Susan Whitfield’s goal in writing about Larishka with John Green’s goal in talking about Heian Japan? How would you describe Whitfield’s writing and conceptual style? For a few points of extra credit: How did you like the readings for today? Was anything particularly interesting? Was anything particularly frustrating? Has the work this week been easier or harder for you than last week?