We all know that love is not easy. But what makes it so complicated? This course examines how the Chinese conception of “love” offers a key for us to understand Chinese emotions, family structure, gender and sexuality, consumer desire, as well as political passion. We will probe into these issues through some of the most essential Chinese cultural texts from the 8th century B.C.E. to the 21st century, reading a variety of genres including poetry, fictional narratives, and films. We will also visit the Ackland Art Museum and engage with creative transmedia storytelling, exploring different perspectives to approach primary sources. By the end of the course, you will be able to deconstruct fixed notions about love in the contemporary West, and broaden your perceptions of selfhood, partnership, and community through “love” in the Chinese-speaking world. No prior knowledge of Chinese language and culture is required, and all readings are available in English translation.