Classical Chinese Prose (CHNS3645)


Critical examination of samples of admired nonfictional writing in Classical Chinese from after the foundation of the unified empire in 221 B.C. Students will gain an appreciation of the relationship between style and substance in literary Chinese prose. One or two genres (e.g., travel-related or argumentative Essays) or periods (e.g., the Tang dynasty) may be studied in greater depth, and students will be expected to consult relevant secondary scholarship in the selected areas. This unit assumes a thorough grounding in Classical Chinese.

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1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorial/week


1x1hr In-class test (30%), 1xOral Presentation and handout equivalent to 800wds (15%), 1xEssay proposal equivalent to 350wds (5%), 1x2000wd Final Essay (30%), 1xDigital portfolio equivalent to 350wds (10%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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(CHNS1303 and CHNS1304) or (CHNS2611 and CHNS2612)


CHNS3547 or CHNS3447

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