Units of Study

CHNS3646 - Classical Chinese Fiction

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Dr Derek Herforth


How does the lean prose of Classical Chinese express complexities of feeling or imagination? What issues does fiction in this ancient language raise about traditional Chinese society, beliefs and values? This unit of study examines samples of such fiction from one or more historical periods (e.g., pre-Tang tales of the supernatural, the chuanqi fiction of the Sui and Tang, the "strange stories" of the seventeenth-century scholar Pu Songling) in light of these questions and of modern scholarship.


classwork (20%), 2x40-minute tests (30%), 1x2000wd essay (25%), 1x oral presentation based on work for essay (10%), other exercises (e.g. translation) equivalent to 1000 wds of essay (15%). The essay may be in Chinese (consult instructor for the required number of characters).


Readings available from the University Copy Centre and/or online


1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week


CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904


CHNS3543, CHNS3443

Assumed Knowledge

Good grounding in Classical Chinese

Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.

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