• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Chinese
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
    See Future Offerings

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 cover a selection of advanced readings in Literary Chinese. Each semester, a different type of Literary Chinese text will be studied: historiography; excavated texts; anecdotal literature; legal documents;poetry; Buddhist Chinese. Students will read prescribed texts in class. There will be tuition in the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax specific to each type of text and register of Literary Chinese. There will also be an introduction to the contextual information necessary to appreciate the different types of text under study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the reading skills necessary to identify, hypothesise on, and analyse items of vocabulary and syntax in new registers of Literary Chinese and different types of Literary Chinese text;
2. Produce annotated translations from Literary Chinese to English;
3. Evaluate the content and style of a range of texts in Literary Chinese;
4. Analyse the texts studied in the light of a broad knowledge of relevant Chinese social, intellectual, and literary contexts.

Other Information

CHIN3015 is offered in semester 1 and 2 each year. Students may enrol in this course code more than once, under different topics.

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

Two in-class tests   - 30% (Related learning outcomes: 1, 3)
Two short critiques - 30% (Related learning outcomes: 4, 5)
Final take-home translation assignment - 40% (Related learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3)

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Workload

The course comprises two two-hour seminars each week. It demands six hours of preparation, including assigned readings and supplementary research.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with CHIN6015

Prescribed Texts

Copies of prescribed texts and supplementary readings will be supplied on the course Wattle site.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Anecdotal Literature
4638 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Excavated Texts
10112 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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