SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Introduction to Classical Chinese

Module Code:
155901219
Credits:
15
Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Term 2

This module is taught in term 2 and 3 and it offers an introduction to Classical Chinese.

Prerequisites

None

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module a student should have a basic understanding of Classical Chinese grammar, read simple texts from the Warring States and Han periods, and appreciate aspects of Chinese culture through texts.

Workload

Total 12 weeks of teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a one hour lecture and a two hour tutorial per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (100%).

Suggested reading

  • Billeter, Jean Francois: The Chinese Art of Writing. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1990
  • Chiang, Yee: Chinese Calligraphy. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1961
  • Dawson, Raymond: A New Introduction to Classical Chinese. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984
  • Graham, Angus: Notes on Classical Chinese Grammar (unpublished manuscript; copies made available at the beginning of term 2)
  • Liu, Y. C.: Fifty Chinese Stories. London: Lund Humphries, 1967
  • Pulleyblank, Edwin G.: Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar. Vancouver: U. of British Columbia Press, 1995
  • Wang Hongyuan: Hanzi ziyuan rumen [The Origins of Chinese Characters]. Beijing: Huayu jiaoxue chubanshe [Sinolingua], 1994

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