This course examines the role of various religious traditions in the development of Chinese culture, including Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and popular religious traditions.
A continuation of Intermediate Chinese. Further expansion of vocabulary and extensive practice in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Review of Chinese grammar as needed. Conducted in Chinese.
Selected expository and critical essays and short stories by contemporary authors. This advanced-level Chinese language course focuses on extensively building up formal vocabulary and phrases and developing critical reading and comprehension skills.
The general nature of Chinese syntax: Mandarin in particular. Analysis of major syntactic constructions of Mandarin. Issues in Chinese linguistics. Topics of controversy on Mainland China before the Cultural Revolution. Prerequisites: two years of Mandarin or Cantonese and CHINESE 375.
Introduction to theory and research related to Chinese and other foreign language teaching methods with the emphasis on their application to Chinese teaching. Other topics include language pedagogy, lesson planning, teaching techniques, material development, testing, and teacher development.
This course introduces the major works of traditional Chinese fiction, including Journey to the West, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Margin, and Dream of the Red Chamber. We will engage in close readings of these great novels, while paying attention to issues such as the representation of history, gender relations, changes in conceptions of desire, religious and philosophical beliefs, and the characterization of heroes and anti-heroes, among others.
This course examines the development of classical philosophy in pre-modern China, beginning from the Lunyu, Daodejing, and Zhuangzi. We will consider changes among commentators to the same material, as well as changes in commentarial strategy that occur over time, taking into account major cultural shifts, such as the advent of Chinese Buddhism. While classical Chinese traditions are generally viewed as philosophical or religious phenomena, here they will be presented as a set of linked traditions that changed in response to social, political, and religious shifts.
Introduction to basic research tools necessary for the study of Chinese primary sources, including dictionaries, biographical and geographical references, indices, bibliographies, calendars, etc. Includes philological problems and exercises in use of source materials. Prerequisite: CHINESE 450. (Planned for Spring)