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

Fall 2005

ANS 372 • Traditional Chinese Poetry in Translation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29222 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Course Description

An introduction to the major modes and genres in the Chinese poetic tradition, reaching back to the ballads of the Shih Jing, the songs of the Yueh Fu, and the landscape poetry of the old masters, culminating in the "modern verse" (narrative and lyrical) of the Tang and Song dynasties. Following the lead of the recent New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry, we shall also briefly touch upon the enormous influence this poetry had on twentieth century American poets such as Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Rexroth, and Gary Snyder, and via these poets' translations of Chinese poetry to gain further insight into this ancient yet revitalizing poetic tradition.


The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry, Eliot Weinberger ed., New Directions, 2003 Chinese Poetry: An Anthology of Major Modes & Genres, Wai-lim Yip, Duke UP, 1995 Instructors selections in course packet.


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