CHN 5214: Classical Chinese Language and Culture

3 Credits

Classical Chinese, or literary Chinese, was the formal written language in China until the early 20th century, and also, during various periods, in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It is closely related to the modern Chinese language, especially for formal writing, and its literary heritage has laid the cornerstone of Chinese cultural values and worldviews. This class guides the students to comprehend the linguistic and cultural characteristics of classical Chinese, introduces them to key aspects of the tradition, and develops skills for translating classical Chinese into modern Chinese and English texts. The prerequisite is fourth-year Chinese (CHN 4042) or above. Please note that this class is entirely taught in modern Mandarin Chinese, although English study guides will be provided throughout the course.

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