Classical Chinese Fiction (CHNS3646)

UNIT OF STUDY

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.

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Classes

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

Assessment

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%).

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Good grounding in Classical Chinese, CHNS2612 or CHNS2112 or CHNS1314 or CHNS2904

Prerequisite: Assumed knowledge: Good grounding in Classical Chinese

Prohibitions

CHNS3443, CHNS3543

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