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Classics of Chinese Literature

Classics of Chinese Literature

This course is an introduction to some of the major genres of traditional Chinese poetry, fiction, and drama. Intended to give students a basic understanding of the central features of traditional Chinese literary genres, as well as to introduce students to the classic works of the Chinese literary tradition. Works read include Journey to the West, Outlaws of the Marsh, Dream of the Red Chamber, and the poetry of the major Tang dynasty poets. Literature read in translation. Taught in English.


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Brigitta Lee
Brigitta Lee (Faculty)
5 years ago

This is basically an archived online course that has been offered through by MITOpenCourseware. It includes a syllabus for a course on traditional Chinese literature and a basic description of term assessments. It doesn't offer learning modules or activities that can be immediately used in classroom or homework activities. It is most beneficial for instructors who are looking for a sample syllabus for a Chinese literature in translation course.  Many of the reading suggestions provided are primary materials in translation (excerpts from classic literary texts). It doesn't suggest readings that provide much in the way of cultural, literary or historical context. The syllabus puts the greatest emphasis on later imperial vernaculary literature. Consequently, it provides only one possible way of conceptualizing this kind of course.

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