CHIN 510: Introduction to Classical Chinese
This course is an introduction to the basic grammar and vocabulary of Classical and Literary Chinese. The term ‘Classical Chinese’ (guwen or gudai hanyu) refers roughly to the language of the texts for the Classical period from the Warring States period (481-221 BCE) down to the end of the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). In contrast, ‘Literary Chinese’ (wenyanwen) refers to the official written form of the language used by scholars and literati (wenren) from post-Han times down to the end of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Indeed some Chinese scholars (especially in Taiwan and Hongkong) still write in in literary Chinese. Except for two short readings assigned at the beginning of the course, all the readings date from the Warring States period (481-221 BCE) down to the Song dynasty (960-1279 CE). The dates of composition of the individual readings are indicated in the last column in the weekly schedule below. The language of instruction is Mandarin Chinese. Prerequisite/corequisite, CHIN 408 or CHIN 414. BN, WB.