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John C. Hamm
CHIN 575
Seattle Campus

Studies in Chinese Drama

Readings and discussion of Chinese drama. Subject emphasis varies. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

C575 for Winter 2011 offers an introduction to the reading and study of Ming chuanqi texts. We will be reading short selections from several texts, including Gao Ming's Pipa ji, Li Kaixian's Baojian ji, and Tang Xianzu's Mudan ting. The emphasis of the course will be on mastering the skills necessary for accurate understanding and informed appreciation of the language of our texts. We will devote the bulk of our class time to close reading and precise translation. We will also read and discuss a selection of secondary scholarship intended to aid our understanding of the texts, broaden our appreciation of their place in literary history, and introduce the field of pre-modern drama studies.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students will be prepared to prepare the primary and secondary readings and actively participate in class meetings; make a class presentation; and prepare as a final project an annotated translation of a portion of a chuanqi text.

Recommended preparation

Enrollment in the course requires the instructor’s permission and the issuance of an entry code. Recommended prerequisites are first-year Classical Chinese (Chinese 451-2-3) and at least one term from the literary history sequence (Chinese 461-2-3). The course will be conducted in English.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be prepared to prepare the primary and secondary readings and actively participate in class meetings; make a class presentation; and prepare as a final project an annotated translation of a portion of a chuanqi text. Note: Eligible graduate students in AL&L may petition to have this course credited towards one of the required terms of 2nd-year Classical Chinese.


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 John C. Hamm
Date: 10/20/2010