Required of all Chinese majors during their junior or senior year. Prerequisite: ENGLWRIT 112 or 113 or equivalent.
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.
Improves reading and listening comprehension through the use of authentic materials in Chinese media such as newspapers and television programs. Learn special vocabulary and style commonly used in journalistic Chinese. Learn Chinese word-processing, browsing news in Chinese on the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: CHINESE 426 .
This course offers an advanced survey of Chinese literature and culture since the late 19th century. It covers various genres including short stories, novellas, novel, essays, play, and cinema from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and overseas Chinese community.
This comprehensive survey of popular culture in modern China has two main purposes: first, providing a structured context for students to reflect on their learning in Chinese language, literature, and culture; second, enabling the students to explore and integrate the connections between their lived experience of Chinese culture and training through General Education in literature, film, history, sociology, political science, anthropology and communications. Students will engage with learning and experience through multiple ways. We will examine various forms of popular culture: newspaper, magazines, advertisements, popular literature, film, television, music, theater, folk arts, posters, fashion, festivities, digital media, etc. We will apply theories to actual cases and look at these cases contextually through a multifaceted perspective: cultural, socio-political, psychological, and ideological. Issues to consider throughout this course will cover: how to define popular culture in modern China? What is the relationship between popular and elite culture? How does popular culture work in structuring and shaping Chinese life? What role does popular culture play in Chinese pursuit of modernity and global membership? Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Chinse majors.
Further expansion of vocabulary and extensive listening, reading, speaking and writing. Review of Chinese grammar as needed. Conducted in Chinese.
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)
This course focuses on the novel The Dream of the Red Chamber (Honglou meng) and its cultural significance.