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CHNS0219

Chinese Literary Tradition

The Chinese Literary Tradition (in translation)
This course, an introduction to the works of literature that formed the basis of traditional Chinese culture, is a discussion-based seminar. It focuses first on texts written in classical Chinese from the earliest times up through the Song dynasty, including selections from early poetry and history, Daoist classics, stories of the strange, and Tang Dynasty poetry by Wang Wei, Li Bai and Du Fu. These texts shaped the traditional Chinese understanding of the world, and provided models of what was perceived to be powerful, beautiful language. In the second part of the course we will explore narratives written in the vernacular language, focusing on the literary significance and aesthetic value of drama, stories and novels long treasured by the Chinese. Students will gain a better understanding of traditional Chinese literary values, as well as Chinese society and worldviews. This class is not intended for native Chinese students who have studied Chinese literature in high school classes in China. (No background in Chinese culture or language needed.) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
Chinese
Department:
Chinese
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL LIT

Sections

Fall 2014

CHNS0219A-F14 Lecture (Reed)

Fall 2012

CHNS0219A-F12 Lecture (Handler-Spitz)

Fall 2011

CHNS0219A-F11 Lecture (Reed)

Fall 2010

CHNS0219A-F10 Lecture (Handler-Spitz)

Spring 2010

CHNS0219A-S10 Lecture (Xu)

Fall 2009

CHNS0219A-F09 Lecture (Reed)

Spring 2009

CHNS0219A-S09 Lecture (Reed)

Spring 2008

CHNS0219A-S08 Lecture (Reed)
CHNS0219B-S08 Lecture (Reed)

Spring 2007

CHNS0219A-S07 Lecture (Xu)
CHNS0219B-S07 Lecture (Xu)

Fall 2005

CHNS0219A-F05 Lecture (Xu)