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CHNS3649: Classical Chinese Fiction and Prose

2023 unit information

This unit offers a critical examination of samples of admired fictional and nonfictional works in Classical Chinese. Students will gain an appreciation of traditional Chinese society, beliefs and values and the relationship between style and substance in literary Chinese prose writings. Some genres or periods (e.g., pre-Tang zhiguai tales, Tang chuanqi stories, or Tang-Song prose essays) will be studied in greater depth, and students will be expected to consult relevant secondary scholarship in the selected areas.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Arts and Social Sciences

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Chinese Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Chinese Studies or CHNS3643 or CHNS3000
CHNS3645 or CHNS3646 or CHNS3640
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Master narrative, descriptive and argumentative strategies and rhetorical structures of classical Chinese fiction and prose in aesthetic evaluation
  • LO2. Appreciate stylistic features and figurative and evocative uses of language in classical Chinese fiction and prose
  • LO3. Evaluate classical Chinese fiction and prose and the social functions of various sub-genres
  • LO4. Apply basic interpretative theories and principles in analysing fictional works and prose essays in classical Chinese
  • LO5. Understand classical Chinese literature in a broader socio-cultural context

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Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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