- Code CHIN3031
- 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
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. Literary Chinese has also shaped the linguistic and cultural traditions of Korea, Japan and Vietnam.
The course Literary Chinese 2 focuses on the analysis and translation of intermediate texts from various periods. Based on the knowledge acquired in Literary Chinese 1 the course attempts to improve the students' proficiency in philological translation by a sample of texts from different genres. To master the challenges posed by texts of some of these genres the course further provides an introduction to more specific reference tools.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. To acquire an intermediate command of Literary Chinese and to develop a deeper understanding of the syntax of texts from particular genres.
2. To acquire skills of literary translation from Classical Chinese into English.
3. To become familiar with a range of issues, both theoretical and methodological, pertaining to studies of traditional China.
4. To develop skills in the use of a range of specified Chinese and English language Sinological bibliographical and other reference tools.
5. To apply these various skills and methodologies in the preparation of translations
Indicative AssessmentPreparation of written translations for each class. Two of these translations (with annotations)
shall be handed to the convenor before class on dates to be announced 20%
Test 1: translation of an unseen text (vocabulary partly supplied) 20%
Test 2: annotated translation of an unseen text prepared as homework 20%
Final exam: translation of an unseen text (no vocabulary supplied), questions about grammar 40%
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Workload3 hours per week, 36 contact hours
Requisite and Incompatibility
Paul Rouzer, A New Practical Primer of Literary Chinese (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7278||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|