CHINESE 461, HISTORY OF CHINESE LITERATURE, AUTUMN QUARTER 2015
Professor: Wang Ping 王平
Office hour: Gowen Hall M-246, Friday 10:30-11:20 or by appointment
Chinese 461 is part of a three-quarter series of courses on the history of Chinese literature. The objective of these courses is to provide students in Chinese language and literature basic knowledge of Chinese literary history and to introduce the most important primary and secondary sources that are useful for doing research in this field.
This course is not for the casual student who is curious about Chinese culture. It is a course intended for upper-division students and beginning graduate students in Chinese studies. The course will be taught to the level of these students.
In Chinese 461 we shall survey Chinese literary history from earliest times to the Tang dynasty, focusing on major writers and works. The course will be divided into three units:
1. Pre-Qin literature (Earliest Times to 221 B.C.)
2. Qin and Han literature (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)
3. Wei-Jin-Nanbeichao literature (220–581)
- Textbook and Reading assignments
The required textbook is Stephen Owen, ed. and trans. An Anthology of Chinese Literature. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. It may be purchased in the textbook section of the University Bookstore or from the web sites of Barnes & Noble (barnesandnoble.com) or Amazon (amazon.com).
Other readings are posted on the course web page: https://canvas.uw.edu
The assignments are indicated in the class schedule. Please note that these readings are required.
Please read the assigned material for each lecture before coming to class.
There will be three examinations, one for each unit. The exams will consist of short answer questions that pertain to the material covered in the assigned readings and lectures. Sample questions:
Briefly summarize C.H. Wang’s article on early Chinese heroism. What does he mean by “ellipsis of battle”?
Identify the work from which the following lines come. Explain what the general meaning is.
At dawn I set to fare across the White Waters,
I climbed Mount Lang-feng, there tethered my horses.
All at once I looked back, my tears were streaming,
Sad that the high hill lacked any woman.
Explain the following names and terms:
Jian’an Era Literature
The exams will be given on the following dates:
Unit I exam: Friday, October 23
Unit II exam: Friday, November 13
Unit III exam: Thursday, December 10
Examination 1: 25%
Examination 2: 25%
Examination 3: 25%
Participation and Posting Discussion and Written Responses on Canvas: 25%
- Note on disability resources.
To request academic accommodations due to a disability, contact:
Disability Resources for Students
If you have a letter from that office indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, present the letter to the instructor so that we can discuss the accommodations needed for the class.
Unit I: Pre-Qin Literature (the assignments follow the dates)
Wednesday, September 30 Introduction to the course
Thursday, October 1 Early China and Its Literature
Reading, Owen, Anthology, Timeline, “Introduction,” “A Note on Translation,” “Early China,” 3-9.
Friday, October 2 Shi jing: Introduction
Reading, “The Thirteen Classics,” Owen, Anthology, “The ‘Great Preface’ to the Classic of Poetry,” 64-67.
Monday, October 5 Shi jing: the “Guo feng” songs
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 30-57.
Tuesday, October 6 Shi jing: the “Ya” and “Song”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, “Beginnings,” 10-25.
CH Wang, “Towards Defining a Chinese Heroism;”
“The Weniad -A Chinese Epic in Shih ching”
Wednesday, October 7 Studies of Shi jing in Excavated Manuscripts
Martin Kern, “The Odes in Excavated Manuscripts”
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 8-9 Professor Attending Annual AOS Meeting in Colorado. No class.
Monday, October 12 Chu ci: Introduction
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 155–56;
David Hawkes, “General Introduction,” in The Songs of the South, 15–66.
Tuesday, October 13 Chu ci: “Nine Songs” and “Tian wen”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 156-62; Hawkes, “Tian wen,” 122-151.
Wednesday, October 14 Chu ci: “Li sao” and “Jiu zhang”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 162-75;
Thursday, October 15 The Chu ci Tradition: “Jiu bian,” “Far Roaming,” and “Summons”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 176-81, 204–11
Online Discussion and/or Written Response I
Friday, October 16 Yi jing
Reading: Richard Wilhelm, trans., The I Ching, 1-15; Hellmut Wilhelm, “The Hexagrams Ch’ien and K’un” in Change Eight Lectures on the I Ching, 48-63.
Monday, October 19 Shu jing I
Reading: Owen, Anthology, “Early Political Oratory,” 124-134
Karlgren, The Book of Documents, “Yao tien” 1-8.
Tuesday, October 20 Shu jing II
Reading: Karlgren, The Book of Documents, “Yu kung,” 18-28; “Gan shi” and “Pan Geng,” 18-28; “Kin t’eng;” 35-36.
Wednesday, October 21 Warring States Rhetorical and Narrative Prose
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 77-101, 128-30.
Thursday, October 22 Zhuangzi
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 102-123, 295–99.
A.C. Graham, trans., Chuang Tzu, 43-47 (“Going rambling without a destination”)
Friday, October 23 Unit I exam
Unit II: Han literature
Monday, October 26 Introduction to Han Literature
Reading: Owen, Anthology, “Si-ma Qian,” 135-154
Tuesday, October 27 Han fu: Introduction and Mei Sheng
Reading: Mei Sheng, “Qi fa”
Wednesday, October 28 Han fu: Sima Xiangru
Reading: Sima Xiangru, “Rhapsody of Sir Vacuous” and “Rhapsody on the Imperial Park” in Knechtges, trans., Wen xuan, Volume Two, 53-114.
Thursday, October 29 Frustration fu
Reading: Hellmut Wilhelm, “The Scholar’s Frustration: Notes on a Type of Fu.”
Online Discussion and/or Written Response II
Friday, October 30 A fu by an Imperial Concubine
Reading: David R. Knechtges, “The Poetry of an Imperial Concuubine”
Monday, November 2 Fu: Yang Xiong
Reading: Yang Xiong, “The Sweet Springs Palace Rhapsody,” in Knechtges, trans., Wen xuan, Volume Two, 17-38.
Tuesday, November 3 Fu: Ban Gu
Reading: Ban Gu, “Western Capital Rhapsody,” in Knechtges, trans., Wen xuan, Volume One, 93-145.
Wednesday, November 4 Fu: Middle Eastern Han: Zhang Heng
Reading: Zhang Heng, “Western Metropolis Rhapsody,” in Knechtges, trans., Wen xuan, Volume One, 181-242.
Thursday, November 5 Fu: Zhao Yi
Reading: Gong Kechang, “Zhao Yi, the Satirist.”
Friday, November 6 Fu of the Jian’an Period: Mi Heng
Reading: William Graham, “Mi Heng’s ‘Rhapsody on a Parrot’”
Monday, November 9 Han shi: Introduction; “Chu Song” and Ceremonial yuefu
Reading: Martin Kern, “The Poetry of Han Historiography.”
Tuesday, November 10 Popular Songs
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 227-248.
Hans H. Frankel, “The Chinese Ballad ‘Southeast Fly the Peacocks.’”
Wednesday, November 11 Holiday
Thursday, November 12 Five-syllable and Seven-syllable line verse
Reading: Owen, Anthology, “Lady Li’s Biography,” 215-218, “Li Ling & Su Wu Parting Poems,” 251-252.
Friday, November 13 Unit Exam II
Unit III: Wei, Jin, Nanbeichao literature
Monday, November 16 Background to the Period and Introduction
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 221-226.
Tuesday, November 17 Jian’an literature
Reading: Owen, Anthology, “Wang Can,” “Nineteen Old Poems,” 252-270.
Wednesday, November 18 Cao Family Poets, “Famine and Feast”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 274-94.
Robert Joe Cutter, “Cao Zhi’s (192–232) Symposium Poems.”
Thursday, November 19 Zhengshi Literature
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 270-273.
Online Discussion and/or Written Response III
Friday, November 20 Eastern Jin and Song Literature: Tao Qian
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 309-19.
Monday, November 23 Xie Lingyun
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 319-23.
Tuesday, November 24 Bao Zhao (ca. 414-466)
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 323–24.
Knechtges, “Pao Chao’s ‘Rhapsody on the Ruined City’: Date and Circumstances of Composition.”
Wednesday, November 25 Xie Huilian, Xie Zhuang
Reading: Xie Huilian, “Rhapsody on Snow” and Xie Zhuang, “Rhapsody on the Moon,” in Knechtges, trans., Wen xuan, Volume Three, 21-35.
Thursday-Friday, November 26-27 Holiday
Monday, November 30 The Southern Courts: Xie Tiao and He Xun
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 325-326.
Tuesday, December 1 Shen Yue and Prosodic Innovation
Reading: Victor Mair and Mei Tsu-lin. “The Sanskrit Origins of Recent Style Prosody.” HJAS 51.1 (1991): 375-470.
Wednesday, December 2 Qi-Liang literature: The “Palace Style”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 326-334.
Goh, Meow-Hui. “Manifesting Pattern of Design: Wang Rong’s Practice of Tonal Prosody”
Thursday, December 3 Jiang Yan and Yu Xin
Reading: Paul Kroll, “Farther South: Jiang Yan in Darkest Fujian.”
Friday, December 4 Narrative Prose
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 297-309.
Robert F. Campany, “Ghosts Matter: The Culture of Ghosts in Six Dynasties Zhiguai”
Monday, December 7 Traditional Literature Theory, Lu Ji, “Fu on Literature”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 335-343.
Tuesday, December 8 Cao Pi, “A Discourse on Literature”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 359-361.
Wednesday, December 9 Liu Xie, “Carving the Dragon”
Reading: Owen, Anthology, 343-359.
Thursday, December 10 Unit Exam III 9:30-10:20AM, PAR 206
Friday, December 11 Online Discussion and/or Written Response IV
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