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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences School of Languages and Linguistics CHIN2221 Classical Chinese Literature L™ l ` “ y Course Outline S2, 2009 CONTENTS page Course Staff 2 Course Information 2 Course Description & Course Aims 2 Course Rationale & Teaching Strategies 3 Learning Outcomes & Graduate Attributes 3-4 Assessment Plan 4-5 Course Evaluation and Development 5 Course Schedule 6 Teaching Materials and Resources 7 Academic Honesty and Plagiarism 8 Other Administrative Matters 9-11 1
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Course Staff: Dr Wang Ping, Lecturer Office: MB 236 Telephone: 9385 3451 Email: [email protected] Course Information 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. Course Description 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 Lunyu , Mengzi and Zhuangzi ), heroes and villains in biographies ( shiji ), love and nature in poetry (including shijing , Tang shi and Song ci ), 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 Honglou Meng ). The course will enhance students' ability to read and appreciate classical Chinese literature in its different forms. Cou rse Aims 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 thinkers, especially Kongzi, mengzi and Zhuangzi . Students will read selected poems from shijing , Tang shi and Song ci . 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 shiji , 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 classical Chinese.
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