The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to the tools, methods, and history of sinology. Sinology refers to the study of China as performed in a philological manner. Philology refers to the historical study of language and literature in its fullest context. It is inherently interdisciplinary. It draws on the fields of linguistics, literary studies, history, art history, archaeology, religious studies, geography, and more. Though its ultimate aims are grand, philology is especially attentive to detail: the footnote, the comma, the variant, the accidental brush mark of a long-dead scribe. It is rooted in what Qing scholars called xiaoxue 小學, and, accordingly, our motto this quarter will be: THINK SMALL.