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Chinese (CHNS)

CHNS 455 (IL) Masterpieces of Traditional Chinese Literature (3) Survey of traditional Chinese literature, including poetry, historical narratives, philosophical texts, and drama and novel.

CHNS 455 Masterpieces of Traditional Chinese Literature (3)

BA - This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

CHNS 455 Masterpieces of Traditional Chinese Literature presents an overview of China's literary tradition, focusing, in particular, on literary techniques used in a variety of text types such as poetry, essays, fiction and drama.

This course aims to develop students' advanced knowledge of the features of traditional Chinese literature and its intellectual, cultural, and social background. Through close reading of selected major works, students will become familiar with the features of various genres.

For example, students will study prose writings, the major poetic forms and some of the important poets from the Tang period, and aspects of literati culture through close reading of texts from the late imperial period.

At the end of this course, a student will have read and discussed sample writings from philosophical and poetic traditions and well as sample writings on the cultural and scholastic activities of the literati. Students should also be able to deal with classical texts on a reasonable level, to identify problematic passages and to be able to clarify them with the help of secondary reference material. Students should also be able to appreciate some of the civilizing aspects of Chinese culture as well as literary and poetic devices such a tonal patterns, rhyme schemes, structure and writing techniques, and discussion of the poets and their work, and have an understanding of the main genres in classical Chinese literature and philosophy.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Foreign Language
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: CHNS 401 or equivalent

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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