- Class Number 7000
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Esther Klein
- Dr Esther Klein
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
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.
Parts of this course, including the assessed translations, will require participants to conduct their own research. Existing research on the materials under study is often far from conclusive; different approaches and in-depth analysis may yield new results. Students attending this course will therefore be working at the forefront of contemporary studies of traditional China.
Students will be supplied with copies of the primary texts for study, as well as supplementary research tools. These will appear on Wattle and, where necessary, will also be distributed in hard copy in class. Lists of relevant contextual readings will also be posted on Wattle. Students should ensure that they have access to a good Literary Chinese dictionary. The course convenor will be happy to offer recommendations. Course updates and announcements will appear on Wattle. It is important that students regularly consult the course site and check their University email accounts for notifications.
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||Course introduction, overview, aims; Background on Wang Chong|
|2||Chinese philosophy in tradition and today; Selections from Mencius, Xunzi, Lunheng, "Original Nature" (ch13)|
|3||Fate, destiny, chance, and luck; selections from Lunheng (ch1-12)|
|4||Critical method (1): falsehoods; selections from Lunheng (ch16-24); Reference workshop||Take-home translation 1 – passages assigned 20.08.2021|
|5||Critical method (2): exaggerations; selections from Lunheng (ch25-27)||Test 1 during class – 24.08.2021|
|6||Critical method (3): sages and canonical texts; selections from Lunheng (ch28-30)||Take-home-translation 1 – due 03.09.2021|
|7||Humans and heaven; selections from Lunheng (ch21-22)|
|8||Selections from Lunheng "On spontaneity" (ch54)|
|9||Workshop on individual topics||Test 2 during class – 05.10.2021|
|10||Evidence, argument, and the structure of knowledge||Take-home translation 2 – passages assigned 15.10.2021|
|11||Seeing the future; selections from Lunheng (ch78-79)|
|12||Ghost stories; selections from Lunheng (ch62-65)||Final take-home translation assignment 2 – due 5.11.2021|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Active participation in class||10 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|In class or online tests||30 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
|Take-home translation assignment 1||20 %||03/09/2021||20/09/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Final take-home translation assignment 2||40 %||05/11/2021||*||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
PoliciesANU 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 RequirementsThe 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.
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Active participation in class
Students will be expected to prepare written translations of the texts studied in each session. Written preparation will enable students to compare their solutions to textual and translation problems with those proposed as a class and to get feedback on their progress in learning the language.
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. Regular participation will be of the essence to achieve the learning outcomes and successfully complete tests and take-home translations.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
In class or online tests
Course participants will sit two in-class/online tests during the course. These will consist of questions on the readings and analyses of the vocabulary or syntax of the passages under study. Each test will carry an equal weighting of 15% of the total grade.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Take-home translation assignment 1
Course participants will choose (with instructor approval) or be assigned a text to take home for translation during week 5. They will be asked to prepare an annotated draft translation of the text making use of the reference works introduced during the reference workshop in week 4. A complete and annotated translation should be handed in via Turnitin at the end of the first week of the term break.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Final take-home translation assignment 2
Course participants will choose (with instructor approval) or be assigned a text for the final take-home translation assignment in Week 10. They will have three weeks to complete the task. Aside from translating the texts students will be expected to supply annotations to accompany their translations. When preparing translations, students should make use of dictionaries and other Sinological reference works introduced during the course.
Students are further asked to prepare a critical overview and analysis to accompany their translation. It should be no longer than 1500 words. Students may use their overview and analysis to address aspects of the philosophical or historical context and issues of translation relevant to the texts under study. As a guideline, the accompanying text should comprise three parts:
1) a brief description of the content of the passage(s), as well as an account of its place within the work from which it comes, a discussion of its possible sources and/or intertextual relationships, its philosophical background, and its influence or reception history;
2) an analysis of the major arguments of the relevant text, and an attempt to analyse the individual passage's place in its author's philosophical views, and against the broader context of Chinese and/or comparative philosophy
3) personal critical engagement with any problems of translation and analysis raised.
The complete and annotated translation together with the overview and analysis should be handed in via Turnitin at the end of the first week of the term break.
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Online SubmissionThe 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 SubmissionFor 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 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 RequirementsAccepted 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.
Course participants will receive their take-home translations via email with in-text and final comments at the end of their text (using track-changes). These comments should be looked at in detail because they will be useful for the subsequent final translation assignment.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions 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.
Resubmission of Assignments
Only with prior consent by the course convenor.
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Chinese philosophy; Chinese historical narrative; Gender in traditional China
Dr Esther Klein