East Asian Languages and Cultures | Literary Chinese I (undergraduate)
C306 | 28205 | Boyd, D.


3 credits

For over two thousand years Classical or Literary Chinese (wenyan
wen) has been the primary medium for transmitting Chinese culture,
history, thought, and religion.  From poems to prosody, from
philosophy to revelation, Literary Chinese has left an indelible
imprint on East Asia.  Far from simply transmitting the written
word, Literary Chinese has likewise adorned art, artifact, and
architecture alike.  The objective of this course is to develop the
student's facility in reading and translating Literary Chinese --
giving the student access to the unparalleled textual tradition of
both pre-modern and contemporary China and East Asia.  Readings will
be taken from literary texts of various genres and periods up to and
including the modern period.  Students will learn the basic
syntactic structures of the language and the functions of common
particles.  The course will stress vocabulary retention,
understanding of grammar, and accurate translation from wenyan into
English.  Grading will be based on class attendance and performance,
the timely completion of assignments, interim quizzes, and a final
examination.

2 years of modern Chinese, equivalent competency in another East
Asian language using Chinese characters (such as Japanese, Korean,
or Vietnamese) or instructor permission is required.

This course meets with EALC-C506.