Literary Chinese is a written language that matured long before the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.), when China first became an empire. It continued to be used by China's governing and elite cultures for nearly three millennia. A good command of Literary Chinese is therefore indispensable for the study of pre-modern Chinese literature, thought, history, politics and society.
The idioms, allusions, syntax, and style of Literary Chinese continue to pervade the modern language. Its enduring influence results from the fact that the great legacies of Chinese culture, right down to the present day, have been largely preserved in this medium. Without a grounding in Literary Chinese, it is therefore impossible to gain a full understanding of newspaper articles, literary works, and scholarly prose written in contemporary Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People's Republic of China. It has also shaped the linguistic and cultural traditions of Korea, Japan and Vietnam.
This course will offer readings in historical narratives from various periods, written in literary Chinese.
On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the reading skills necessary to identify, hypothesise on, and analyse new items of literary Chinese vocabulary and syntax.
2. Produce literary translations from literary Chinese to English.
3. Apply a broad knowledge of Chinese literary history to specific examples.
4. Appraise items of historical narrative in literary Chinese.
Course conducted subject to enrolments
Reading diary 3000 words 30%
Two translation assignments 40%
Final examination 30%
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Thirty hours per semester
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- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|7561||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person|