Syllabus CHN272

Syllabus CHN272 - Literature in Early and Imperial China...

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Literature in Early and Imperial China CHN 272 / EAS 272 / ASIA 375 / CPLT 389 WR Fall 2010/ T/Th: 11:30am-12:45pm, S101 Callaway Instructor: Dr. Huili Zheng Office: 121 REALC Office hours: Mondays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., or by appointment Email: huili.zheng@emory.edu Phone: 404-727-1628 Course Descriptions: This course offers an introduction to Chinese literature from its beginnings through the end of the imperial period in 1911. It is intended to give students a basic understanding of the central features of traditional Chinese literary genres, as well as to introduce students to the classic works of the Chinese literary tradition. All texts will be studied in English translations. Focusing on close readings of selected pieces in their literary and historical contexts, we will analyze representative works of individual eras, writers, and genres that occupy significant positions in the history of traditional Chinese literature. The aim of the course is to illustrate the characteristics and diversity of traditional Chinese literary expression, and to move students to more nuanced understanding of Chinese literature and culture. Required Textbooks: Owen, Stephen. An Anthology of Chinese Literature. Beginnings to 1911 . New York: Norton, 1996. Mair, Victor H., ed. The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature . New York: Columbia University Press, 1994. Two excellent books on the historical background (recommended for purchase) are: Gernet, Jacques. A History of Chinese Civilization . Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996. Hansen, Valerie. The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600 . New York: Norton, 2000. Good sources of information on central aspects of Chinese literature are: Idema, Wilt L. and Lloyd Haft. A Guide to Chinese Literature . Ann Arbor: 1
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University of Michigan Press, 1997 . Mair, Victor H., ed. The Columbia History of Chinese Literature . New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. Nienhauser, William H., ed. The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature . 2 vols. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986–200 1. Owen, Stephen. Readings in Chinese Literary Thought . Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1992. Supplementary readings
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