• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Chinese Studies in Language
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, Asian Studies, World Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Shengyu Fan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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Taught entirely in Chinese in the Australian context, this course trains students in critical analysis and discussion of the most famous classical Chinese novel Hongloumeng and its brilliant English translation The Story of the Stone by David Hawkes and John Minford. Through minute textual analysis this course will explore this Chinese literary classic and its translation from an interdisciplinary perspective, aiming at training students to become more competent bilingual readers. The goal of the course is to engage with literary texts and critical thinking to develop independent research and academic writing skills, meanwhile emphasizing the idea of translation as a dialogue between the original and the translated text, between the translator and his former self, and a learning process both for the translator and the reader of his translation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss and present on topics of Chinese literature
  2. Analyse themes in the materials under study and offer critical written responses
  3. Make critical use of concepts and analytic tools from literary studies to develop, review, and synthesise knowledge about Chinese literature
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between Chinese and Western literature and society
  5. Use the knowledge learned in the course for analyzing and critiquing related materials and drafting a research essay

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral Presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Book Review (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final Essay (2500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The workload for this course comprises three contact hours per week. It demands an average of four hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with CHIN3212 (Chinese for Native Speakers B) and CHST6212.

Prescribed Texts

The Translator's Mirror for the Romantic, Routledge 2022; Bilingual edition of The Story of the Stone, Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, 2012. Available at Chifley and Menzies Libraries.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must be able to read, write, and speak in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin) to succeed in this course. 


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7965 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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