Classical and Literary Chinese 2
- Module Code:
- Module Not Running 2022/2023
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- Taught in:
- Term 2
This module builds on the foundation established in Classical and Literary Chinese 1 and students will study more advanced grammar and vocabulary from Classical (pre-Han to Han) and Literary Chinese (post-Han) texts. The majority of this module will be based on reading, translating, and discussing philosophical, political, literary, and historical anecdotes from the Spring and Autumn (770-481 BCE) through the Han (206 BCE-220 CE) periods, as well as prose selections from medieval and late imperial China (600-1900 CE). We will conduct discussions of grammatical and philological issues primarily in English and most of our translation work will be from Classical and Literary Chinese into English.
155901456: Classical Chinese 1 or equivalent
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- read and understand intermediate texts written in Classical and Literary Chinese
- demonstrate knowledge of more advanced Classical/Literary grammar and vocabulary
- demonstrate basic sinological skills necessary to read and translate Classical and Literary Chinese texts
- translate intermediate texts written in Classical and Literary Chinese
Total taught hours: 20 hours. 2 hours of lectures per week for 10 weeks.
Independent study: 130 hours
Total hours for module: 150 hours
Scope and syllabus
Week 1: Revision and Scope of the Module
Weeks 2-5: selections of Classical and Literary Chinese texts
Week 6: Reading Week
Weeks 7-10: selections of Classical and Literary Chinese texts
Method of assessment
Two hour written examination in May/June (30%)
Essay of 2000 words (20%)
Reading analysis of 15-20 mins (10%)
- Paul Rouzer, A New Practical Primer of Literary Chinese. Harvard 2007.
- Edwin Pulleyblank, Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar. UBC 1997.
- Wang Li. Gudai Hanyu (xiudingben). 4 vols. Zhonghua shuju 2000.
- Wang Hongyuan. Hanzi ziyuan rumen. Huayu jiaoxue 1994.
- Paul Kroll. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese (revised edition). Brill 2017
- Shadick/Ch'iao Chien. A First Course in Literary Chinese. 3vols. Cornell 1968.
- Yuan et al. Classical Chinese: Supplementary Selections from Philosophical Texts. Princeton 2006.
- Yuan et al. Selections from Classical Chinese Historical Texts. Princeton 2005.
- Yuan et al. Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry and Prose. Princeton 2006.
- Barnes et al. Du's Handbook of Classical Chinese Grammar. Alcuin 2009.