- Code CHIN3032
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Chinese
- Areas of interest Asian Languages
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Mark Strange
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2015
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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 anecdotal narratives from various periods, written in literary Chinese.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course students should have the skills and knowledge 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 anecdotal narrative in literary Chinese.
Course conducted subject to enrolments
Indicative AssessmentReading diary 3000 words 30%
Two translation assignments 30%
Final examination 40%
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2693||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|