Dr Wang Ping, Lecturer
Units of credit: 6
Class meets once a week for 3 hours: Wednesday 3-6pm
The course will be conducted in bilingual fashion, involving readings in the
original Chinese texts.
This course can be counted as part of the major sequence in Chinese
Studies toward your Bachelor of Arts degree, or as an elective subject.
CHIN2221 presents a number of major topics in classical Chinese literature from pre-
Qin period ( c. 1122-221 BC) to Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). We will link these topics
to various genres including philosophy, poetry, essays and fiction, as well as literary
criticism. The topics are individual freedom in pre-Qing philosophers (including
), heroes and villains in biographies (
nature in poetry (including
), fine arts in literati style
essays (focusing on the interrelationship between poetry and painting), as well as
romance and courtship in vernacular fiction (from Tang Romances to
). The course will enhance students' ability to read and appreciate classical
Chinese literature in its different forms.
This course aims to present an overview of classical Chinese literary tradition,
covering texts of a wide range of genres including philosophy, prose, history, poetry,
vernacular fiction, as well as literary criticism. It will examine seminal ideas in China’s
classical heritage, which are underpinning for much of present-day Chinese culture
and thinking. It provides a philosophical and literary analysis of the texts of pre-Qin
. Students will read selected poems
. in particular poems and lyrics by greatest poets
such as Li Bai, Du Fu, Wang Wei, Su Shi, Li Yu and Li Qingzhao. Interrelationship
between Chinese poetry and painting will be explored in the light of aesthetics.
Students will also get a sense of history by reading sections of
, and of how
fiction reflects social life through introduction to vernacular fiction. Critical thinking
and class discussion of both primary and secondary texts are very important and
highly encouraged, as they will enable students to have a better grasp of the content
of the course. Close reading will also enhance students’ ability to understand