Classical Chinese Literature - ARTS3456

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: ARTS3451 or ARTS3452 or ARTS3453 or equivalent

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Subject Area: Chinese Studies

This course 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), 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), biographies of heroes and villains in Chinese historiography (Shiji), as well as courtship and romance in vernacular fiction (from Caizi jiaren stories to Honglou Meng). The course will enhance students' ability to read and appreciate classical Chinese literature in its different forms.

This course is taught in Chinese.

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