- Code CHIN3030
- Unit Value 6 units
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 1 focuses on the analysis and translation of a selection of texts for beginners from the pre-Qin (before 221 BC) and the Han dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD). Students get to know the main structural and grammatical elements of the language. Review sessions serve to deepen understanding of grammatical forms, function words, and sentence patterns. Techniques of translation as well as cultural background essential to the understanding of the texts will also be studied.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. To acquire an introductory command of Literary Chinese, and to develop an understanding of aspects of its syntax.
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 basic 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: vocabulary, questions about grammar, and a brief translation 20%
Test 2: translation of an unseen text (vocabulary partly supplied) and questions about grammar 20%
Final exam: translation of an unseen text (little vocabulary supplied), questions about grammar 40%
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3 hours per week, 36 contact hours
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2236||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|