• Class Number 7143
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Mark Strange
    • Dr Mark Strange
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course 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 with a sample of different types of text. To meet the challenges posed by the selected texts, the course further introduces Sinological reference tools useful for their elucidation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and translate the vocabulary of the text in hand through the use of general dictionaries.
  2. Identify and analyse the grammar and sentence structures used in a range of standard philosophical, anecdotal, and historical texts from the full span of pre-Qin and imperial times.
  3. Compare linguistic registers used in more complex texts written in Classical and Literary Chinese, and compose translations in registers of English appropriate to the original text.
  4. Explain and appraise textual references through the use of Sinological reference tools of specific relevance to the text at hand; and assess the text in relation to the broad intellectual history and literary culture of imperial China.

Required Resources

An Introduction to Literary Chinese
Author: Michael A. Fuller
Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center

Staff Feedback

Students 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

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction Prose: Shuo yuan ??, 'Jin Ping gong wen yu Shi Kuang' ???????
2 Prose: Shuo yuan ??, 'Zhao Jianzi jubing gongqi' ???????
3 Prose: Meng zi ??, 'Shi Renzheng' ???
4 Prose: Zhuang zi ??, 'Yuan chu' ?? Poetry: introduction to reading poetry Take-home translation 1 released
5 Prose: Zhuang zi ??, 'Du lou' ?? Poetry: Gu shi shi jiu shou ????? Take-home translation 1 due
6 Prose: review Poetry: Gu shi shi jiu shou ????? Test 1
7 Prose: Shiji ??, ‘Bo Yi lie zhuan’ ???? Poetry: Gu shi shi jiu shou ?????
8 Prose: Shiji ??, ‘Bo Yi lie zhuan’ ???? Prose: selections from Tao Qian ??
9 Prose: Tao Qian ??, 'Wu liu xian sheng zhuan' ????? Poetry: selections from Tao Qian ?? Take-home translation 2 released
10 Prose: Wang Xizhi ???, 'Lanting ji xu' ???? Poetry: selections from Du Fu ?? Take-home translation 2 due
11 Prose: Su Shi ??, 'Qian chi bi fu' ???? Poetry: selections from Du Fu ?? Test 2
12 Prose: Su Shi ??, 'Qian chi bi fu' ???? Review

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Active participation 10 % 30/10/2020 26/11/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
Take-home written translations 20 % 16/10/2020 26/10/2020 1, 2, 3, 4
In-class tests 30 % 23/10/2020 02/11/2020 1, 2, 3
Final examination 40 % 21/11/2020 26/11/2020 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 30/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 26/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Active participation

Students will be expected to contribute in an active and constructive manner to the business of textual analysis and translation, as well as to general discussion with both the lecturer and their classmates.

Students will also be expected to prepare written translations of the texts studied in 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. Written preparation will enable students to compare their solutions to textual and translation problems with those proposed as a class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 16/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 26/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Take-home written translations

Students will submit two short translations from Literary Chinese into English, as take-home assignments. Translations should be accompanied by brief annotations. Students will have access to dictionaries, which will have been introduced during the course. Each translation will be worth 10% of the total grade for the course.

The first translation will be set in Week 4; the second will be set in Week 9. Students will have one week to complete each assignment.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 23/10/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

In-class tests

Students will sit two in-class tests. Each test will contain questions about the contextual background, vocabulary, and grammar covered in the course, as well as a short translation from Literary Chinese into English. Each test will be worth 15% of the total grade for the course.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 21/11/2020
Return of Assessment: 26/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final examination

Students will translate a selection of texts from Literary Chinese into English, with some vocabulary supplied. They will also answer brief questions on such items as the author, date, edition, context, and type of the text; and on points of vocabulary and grammar.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Mark Strange
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Mark Strange

Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Dr Mark Strange
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Mark Strange

Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Tuesday 14:00 16:00

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