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David R Knechtges
CHIN 561
Seattle Campus

Studies in Chinese Literature

Literature before Ch' in. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

This course will introduce the literature of the pre-Qin, Han, and Wei-Jin Nanbeichao periods through readings in original texts and secondary scholarly works.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students are expected to read in class the assigned readings. Attention will be given to grammar, vocabulary, and ways of translating literary Chinese.

Recommended preparation

To enroll in this course students must have completed one year of classical Chinese. Ability to use Chinese-Chinese dictionaries or Chinese-Japanese dictionaries. Undergraduates may enroll with permission of the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

1. Preparing to translate and discuss in class selections of Chinese literature.

2. Readings on the history of Chinese literature from a handbook prepared by the instructor.

3. The writing of a term paper or annotated translation.

1. Class performance.

2. Quality of the term paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David R Knechtges
Date: 07/13/1998