Nov 29, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

CHIN 4110 - Literary Chinese & Pre-Modern Literature

This course not only provides an introduction to the basic grammar and vocabulary of Literary Chinese or Classical Chinese (wenyanwen or guwen), but also deepens students’ appreciation of Chinese literary and cultural traditions. Literary Chinese served as the standard for written texts in traditional Chinese literature. Its grammar, style, and expressions have profound influence on today’s literary style found in newspapers, academic writings, and formal speeches. In this course, students will have a close reading of a selection of classical texts in various genres and forms, including philosophical writing, historical narratives, prose poetry, and fiction in Chinese and English. Through reading these classical texts and literary works, students will enrich their understanding of Chinese language, literature, and cultural values.

Prerequisite: One 4000-level CHIN course, or placement by the Department of Modern Languages