- Code ASIA2003
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2023
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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
- 2 short presentations (with two-page handout) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Tutorial paper 1: “Author, work & genre” (min. 1000 words) (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Tutorial paper 2: “Textual analysis of translations of a literary work” (min. 1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Final Examination: "Genre history and typology, classification and interpretation of works" (40) [LO 3,4,5]
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32 contact hours per semester. Total workload is 130 hours including independent study.
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