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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2003

CHI 322 • Intro to Classical Chinese

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27910 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
PAR 305

Course Description

This course seeks to provide students with a solid foundation in Classical Chinese (wen-yen wen). Classical Chinese is the language through which most of the dominant traditions of Chinese literature, historiography, and thought were formed and transmitted in premodern China; it is also the language through which official life was conducted. Through the reading of short, exemplary passages from important poetic, historiographical, philosophical, and prose traditions, students will build up their vocabulary of Classical Chinese, gain familiarity with common grammatical building-blocks and sentence patterns, obtain insight into the importance of traditional philological methods to the reading of premodern texts, and develop basic recognition of various generic conventions in traditional writings. They will also be given hands-on experience with traditional and modern reference works for understanding Classical Chinese. Ideally, with these basic tools, they will leave the class with the ability to approach Chinese texts in Classical Chinese independently.

Grading Policy

Final Exam 30% Mid-term Exam 20% Assigned Translations 20% Class Participation 20% Exercises 10% Preparation of assigned readings and occasional supplementary exercises.


Nai-ying Yuan, Hai-tao Tang, and James Geiss. Selections from Classical Chinese Historical Texts Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry and Prose Selections from Classical Chinese Philosophical Texts The Grammar of Classical Chinese:A Basic Introduction


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