- Class Number 3644
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig
- Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read carefully with attention to detail and to the way literary texts are constructed
- Critically analyse literary texts of a range of forms and genres in translation
- Classify Chinese literary works according to genre and approximate dating
- Identify and present evidence to support such claims
- Communicate their knowledge effectively both orally and in writing
This course on Chinese literature requires participants to do their own research about authors and their literary creations, and to present their findings in brief presentations followed by in-class analysis, interpretation, and discussion of examples of work by these authors. In this process teaching aims to support participants by providing up-to-date knowledge on recent research findings as well as introducing them to the tools needed to reach a deeper understanding of the material under examination.
Examination Material or equipment
Chinese English Dictionary (Book)
Resources like info sheets on how to prepare tutorial papers as well as readers for each week will be provided on Wattle and in class throughout the course.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, and to individuals
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|Summary of Activities
|Course orientation, aims, learning outcomes etc. Article summary & discussion: How did Chinese literature begin? Early Chinese poetry Lectures: The [Book of] Songs & the Songs of Chu Workshop & discussion: Ways of reading examples from both anthologies
|Early Chinese prose I Lecture: No books in pre-Qin China? Discussion: Only poetry or prose? Why is genre important? Tutorial: Refinement or Literature? The idea of wen ? Workshop: Study of examples from Songs & the Songs of Chu
|Topic selection for presentations and tutorial papers
|Early Chinese prose II Lecture: What "books" were there in pre-Qin China? Tutorial: Presentations Workshop: Study of examples from the reader chosen by the presenters
|Student presentations: Lunyu, Zhuangzi, Mozi, Han Feizi with examples
|Han Rhapsodies, Music Bureau Poetry, Nineteen Old Poems Lecture: Poetry and orthodoxy Tutorial: Presentations Workshop: Study of examples from the reader chosen by the presenters
|Student presentations: Sima Xiangru, Yang Xiong, Zhang Heng with examples
|Historical Writings & Anomaly Accounts Lecture: Ideas of historical writing Tutorial: Presentations Workshop: Study of examples by Wang Chong and the Ban family chosen by the presenters
|Student presentations: Wang Chong, Ban Gu, Ban Zhao with examples
|Jian'an period; Introspective poetry and prose, Northern & Southern dynasties Lecture: Literary salons, bamboo groves, and landscapes of the mind Tutorial: Presentations Workshop: Study of examples by the Caos and Tao Yuanming chosen by the presenters
|Student presentations: Cao Pi and Cao Zhi, Ruan Ji, Tao Yuanming with examples Tutorial paper 1 due
|Literary criticism Lecture: Texts on texts Tutorial: Presentations Workshop & discussion: What is literature? With a study of examples of literary criticism by Cao Pi and Lu Ji
|Student presentations: Lu Ji, Xie Lingyun, Bao Zhao, Shen Yue, with examples
|Tang poetry Lecture (online only): Poetry abounds: The Tang era and regulated verse Tutorial: Presentations: Workshop: Study of examples of Tang poetry from the reader and chosen by the presenters
|Student presentations: Wang Wei, Li Taibo, Du Fu, Bai Juyi with examples
|Tang prose Lecture: Parallel prose and its opponents Tutorial: Presentations Workshop: Discussion of examples chosen by the presenters
|Student presentations: Han Yu, Li He, Liu Zongyuan with examples
|Song poetry and prose Lecture: Popular poetry and prose? The Song Ci, pseudo biographies and travel accounts Tutorial: Presentations Workshop: Study of discussion of a key text
|Student presentations: Mei Yaochen, Wang Anshi, Ouyang Xiu with examples Tutorial paper 2 due
|Yuan drama: Traditional Chinese Theatre and chuanqi Lecture: From Song Ci to Yuan Qu, from commercial variety show to staged "drama" Tutorial: Presentations Workshop: Study and Discussion of a drama
|Student presentations: Guan Hanqing, Wang Shifu, Gao Ming
|Novels and Novellas Lecture: The evolution of the Chinese novel Overview lecture 1 on the development of Chinese poetry Overview lecture 2 on the development of Chinese prose. Review & exam preparation
|Final exam date tba
|Return of assessment
|Tutorial Paper 1
|Tutorial paper 2
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks 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.
Due to the nature and the amount of literature covered in this course it should be understood that regular attendance and preparation of the readings are essential for your learning and the successful passing of this course.
Students are expected to prepare the required readings for each week in the form of one article in preparation of each lecture, and a guided and selected "reading excursion" of each weekly reader for the tutorial and workshop session. Note that group work in the preparation of readings is encouraged.
The final exam is a deliberate choice. It is designed to support deeper learning and to gain a holistic understanding of Chinese literature.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Due to the nature and the amount of literature covered in this course regular attendance and preparation of the readings is essential for your course experience, your learning, and the successful passing of this course. - 10%
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
2 short presentations (with two-page handout): - 20 %
The presentations serve to prepare the tutorial papers, the first about an author of your choice (from a list of suggestions) with an emphasis on his literary production and the genre(s) he was writing in. The focus of the second presentation (and the second tutorial paper) will be a textual analysis of a literary work by another author of your choice.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5
Tutorial Paper 1
Tutorial paper 1: “Author, work & genre” (min. 1000 words) - 15%
Guidelines for the preparation of tutorial paper 1 can be found on Wattle
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5
Tutorial paper 2
Tutorial paper 2: “Textual analysis of translations of a literary work” (min. 1500 words) - 20%
Guidelines for the preparation of tutorial paper 2 can be found on Wattle
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5
Final Examination: "Chinese Literature, its history of development and typology, genre classification and interpretation of works" - 35%
The precise date and place of the final exam still needs to be determined and will be announced in class and on Wattle. Students will need to check the exam timetable.
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Early Traditional Chinese Literature, Culture, and Philosophy
Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig