• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Literature

This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.

The course introduces students to works of Chinese literature ranging from the pre-Qin period until the late 18th century. As a culture that conceived of the ability to write poetry and prose as the distinctive characteristic of its elites, China boasts one of the largest and most diverse bodies of literature in the world. Since Western classifications of literature hardly suit Chinese typologies, the course approaches traditional Chinese literature according to its own generic classifications, using them as a guideline while tracing their modification and growth through time.
Aside from receiving an overview of certain periods, authors, and genres, students will also study a wide variety of examples of literature in translation. Not only will they investigate the formal attributes that may qualify a text to be part of a particular genre; they will also engage reflectively with the backgrounds, contents, structures, meanings and intentions of the presented works. The aim of the course is therefore to enable students to understand and reproduce the major developments and genres of traditional Chinese literature as well as to classify works, previously unknown to them, according to genres.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Read carefully with attention to detail and to the way literary texts are constructed

2. Critically analyse literary texts of a range of forms and genres in translation

3. Classify Chinese literary works according to genre and approximate dating

4. Identify and present evidence to support such claims

5. Communicate their knowledge effectively both orally and in writing

Indicative Assessment

2 short presentations (with two-page handout): - 20 %

Tutorial paper 1: “Author, work & genre” (min. 1000 words) - 20%

Tutorial paper 2: “Textual analysis of translations of a literary work” (min. 1000 words) - 20% 

Final Examination: "Genre history and typology, classification and interpretation of works" - 40%

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Workload

32 contact hours per semester. Total workload is 130 hours including independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
3644 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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