Units of Study
CHNS3646 - Classical Chinese Fiction
Semester 1, 2014 | Credit Points: 6
Coordinator: Xiaohuan Zhao
Phone: +61 2 9351 3555
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%), 1xoral presentation based on work for essay (10%), other exercises (e.g. translation) equivalent to 1000 wds of essay (15%).
1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr tutorial/week
CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904
Good grounding in Classical Chinese
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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