- Code CHIN6220
- 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 PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
The 'Finger Pointing to the Moon' is used as an analogy for the Buddhist sutras pointing to the dharma, imperfect vehicles for the transmission of truth. In a smilar way, translation is an imperfect vehicle for the transmission of literature, pointing to the original text and a new reading ofit. There is a 300-year tradition of this imperfect transmission between Chinese and English.
Through a series of case studies, this course will explore the process of recreating in english some of the masterpieces of Chiense poetry and prose, drama and fiction. These case studies will include the work of the following major translators: the early Jesuits, Robert Morrsion, James Legge, Herbert Giles, Arthur Waley, Ezra Pound, Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Lin Yutang, David Hawkes.The basic sourcebook will be Chinese Classical Chinese Literature: An Anthology of Translations, with Companion Chinese Volume, eds. Minford and Lau (Columbia, 2000).
Indicative AssessmentTutorial attendance 10%; tutorial presentation 10%; End-of-term test 35%; essay 45% ; for grad students, an extra project (35%) would replace the test
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