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? In light of these questions and of modern scholarship, this unit of study examines samples of pre-Tang zhiguai (tales of the strange and supernatural) and zhiren (tales of the world), Sui-Tang chuanqi (transmission of the marvellous), and the "strange stories" of the seventeenth-century scholar Pu Songling. This unit assumes a basic grounding in Classical Chinese.
1x1hr lecture/week, 2x1hr tutorial/week
1x50 minute in-class test equivalent to 800wds (30%), 1xOral Presentation and handout equivalent to 800wds (15%), 4x 200wd written translation exercise (15%), 1x2000wd final Essay (30%), Tutorial participation (10%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in Chinese Studies or CHNS3000 or CHNS3601Prohibitions
CHNS3543 or CHNS3443