- Class Number 4427
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig
- Qin Yang
- Victor Fong
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This course covers a selection of advanced readings in Literary Chinese. Each semester, students study a different type of Literary Chinese text, including historiography, excavated texts, anecdotal literature, legal documents, poetry, and Buddhist Chinese. Students read prescribed texts in class. They receive tuition in the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax specific to each type of text and register of Literary Chinese. Students also discuss the contextual information necessary for appreciation of the texts under study; and practise using a range of Sinological research tools to discover and interpret such information.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Hypothesise on, analyse, and appraise vocabulary used in different types of Literary Chinese text, with the use of specialist dictionaries.
- Identify and analyse the grammar and sentence structures evident in different advanced Literary Chinese texts; and consider their contributions to stylistic and other effects.
- Analyse linguistic registers used in texts written in complex, often technical, forms of Literary Chinese and reproduce them in appropriate registers of English.
- Use commentaries to assess different readings of the text at hand, supporting translations with an understanding of commentarial techniques and vocabulary.
- Produce a creative response to the text through the composition of a critical apparatus and a detailed analysis of textual references and literary allusions, through the use of reference tools specific to the type of text at hand; and develop an appreciation of the text in its relevant social, intellectual, and cultural contexts.
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Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1 - 24 Feb- 28 Feb: Introduction, Early Ritual Thought in the Analects and Mengzi|
|2||Week 2 - 2-6 March: Ritual texts from the Han Dynasty (Chunqiu fanlu, Lunheng)|
|3||Week 3 - 9-13 March: Ritual canons and commentaries 1 (Liji)|
|4||Week 4 - 16-20 March: Tuesday: Ritual canons and commentaries 2 (Liji) Thursday: test 1|
|5||Week 5 - 23-27 March: Ritual customs 1 Zhu Xi Family Rituals|
|6||Week 6 - 30 March - 3 April: Ritual Customs 2 Zhu Xi Family Rituals|
|7||Week 7 - 20-24 April : Law and Order: Overview|
|8||Week 8 - : 27 April - 1 May Law and Order: Codes and Cases – Marriage|
|9||Week 9 - 4-8 May: Law and Order: Codes and Cases – Adultery|
|10||Week 10 - 11-15 May: Law and Order: Codes and Cases – Robbery|
|11||Week 11 - 18-22 May: Law and Order: Codes and Cases – Murder|
|12||Week 12 -25-29 May: Conclusion|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Active participation in class||10 %||24/02/2020||29/05/2020||1, 2, 3, 5|
|Reference materials workshop||10 %||18/03/2020||27/03/2020||2, 4|
|First take-home translation||20 %||25/03/2020||10/04/2020||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Second take-home translation||20 %||06/05/2020||21/05/2020||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Final translation assignment||40 %||21/05/2020||11/06/2020||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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As a language learning/translation course this course relies on regular attendance and preparation.
Students will be expected to prepare written translations of the texts studied in each session. The reason for this format is to make students learn that translators have to make reasoned (and not instant!) decisions when translating. Only written translations will enable students to compare their result with results arrived at in class.
Students are further asked to contribute in an active and constructive manner to the business of translation, as well as to discussion with both the lecturer and their classmates.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5
Active participation in class
Students will be expected to prepare written translations of the texts studied for each session. The aim here is to give students a sense of the reasoned decisions that translators have to make when faced with new textual material. Only written-out translation will enable students to compare their solutions to textual and translation problems with those proposed in class and have some control about their own results and progress. Students will be expected to contribute in an active and constructive manner to the business of textual analysis and translation, and to join the general discussion in class.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2, 4
Reference materials workshop
One session of week 4 will be conducted at Menzies library. Here students will be introduced to reference materials like specialized dictionaries and research aids they can use to look for further explanations and emendations of their take-home translations. This session will be followed by an online quiz.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
First take-home translation
Students will be given a text to take home for translation during week 5. They will be asked to prepare a translation from literary Chinese into English, accompanied by annotations. They will also be asked to provide an analysis of the content of the text. The analysis should be no longer than 500 words.
Students will have one week for this task. They are required to hand in the complete and annotated translation in MS Word together with the text via Turnitin. It is expected that students make use of the reference materials introduced during the workshop.
Students will be asked to hand in a complete and annotated translation together with the text via Turnitin at the beginning of week 7. It is expected that students make use of some of the reference materials introduced during the workshop.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Second take-home translation
Students will be given another text to take home for translation during week 9. They will be asked to prepare a translation from literary Chinese into English, accompanied by annotations. They will also be asked to give an analysis of the content and context of the text. The analysis should be no longer than 800 words.
Students will have one week for this task and should hand in a complete and annotated translation in MS Word together with the text via Turnitin. Students will need to avail themselves of dictionaries and other Sinological reference works introduced during the course to support the production of annotated translations.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final translation assignment
Students will be given a final take-home translation assignment in week 12. Students have three weeks to prepare an annotated translation with analysis and bibliography based on materials introduced during the whole course. The analysis of their translation should include the following points:
1. Description: this might include a paraphrase of content of the item read, but also an account of such contextual information as authorship, genre, time and circumstances of composition, and reception history.
2. Analysis: this should include a look at the construction of the text, its arguments, and the possible intention in presenting a story or arguments in a particular order.
3. Context: this should include an attempt to set its translation in the broad context of Chinese history and historiography. Students may relate their item to others studied in the classroom as well as to their own readings outside of class. Students will be expected to undertake background readings relevant to the text under study. (An introductory list of such readings will appear on the course Wattle site.)
4. Personal reflection: students should offer a personal response to the item read. What effects did the text create for them individually? Did they find the text to be effective as a narrative/statement/rule/regulation in its particular genre? Or as a work of didacticism? Do they agree or disagree with secondary scholarship produced on the relevant text? The analysis should be no longer than 1200 words.
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Early traditional Chinese literature and philosophy
Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig