We must go back to the principle of Aristarchus of getting “the solution from the text,” but we must enlarge it until it covers not only the meaning of a verse or passage but the poems entire, and lets us know why the poet, or poets . . . made them as they are, or as they were at first.
There are no prerequisites for this course. (This course is taught in English.)
This course will help you reach the following Learning Outcomes established by the Chinese section:
The course consists of 13 lessons. Each lesson includes a practice homework (covering several exercises), writing assignment(s) (report or reflection paper or both), and one lesson quiz. Every lesson begins with a list of expected learning outcomes and the specific assignments for that lesson. (You won’t have homework on all reading assignments, but these reading assignments are on the midterm and final tests.)
Seven one-page reflection papers will ask you to analyze poems. Nine reports of secondary literature will introduce relevant scholarship. The report should not be a critique, but a summary; not an evaluation, but an epitome of the essential arguments.
These reports and reflection papers will be your opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the techniques of analysis by comparing and contrasting related poems, poets, or styles. Your originality will be demonstrated by control over the poems. There is no need to offset, defend, or support your conclusions with the scholarly insights of others. The reflection papers and reports are one page, single-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, with at least two quotes from the textbook. Submit in .DOC or .DOCX format.
The exams will set the minimum framework of background information for understanding Chinese poetry by emphasizing the identification of poets, periods, styles, technical terms, etc. that form the basic outline of classical Chinese poetry and the vocabulary of literary appreciation. Each exam, a midterm and a final, will be a combination of identification, essay questions, and poetical analysis. The identification portion and essay questions will be based on the lecture notes and poems introduced in the lesson. The poetical analysis component of the exams will be based on the texts of poems that have not yet been seen but that are to be analyzed and appreciated in the same manner as our lessons have introduced. The midterm will be taken after lesson 7; the final exam will cover lessons 8–13.
The following schedule is an approximate indication of the pace of this course. Since the poems in An Anthology of Chinese Literature are not always arranged according to genre or even author, there are no particular pages assigned for weekly readings. Instead, read all of the poems by a particular poet, or in a particular genre, or on a particular theme, regardless of its location in An Anthology of Chinese Literature, as directed by the instructor and defined below as the weekly theme.
Syllabus and course overview
Lesson 2 - Lesson 6
Ⅰ. The Beginnings: From Magic to Morality
Ⅱ. Music and Poetry
Ⅲ. From Rhetoric to Realism: Han, Three Kingdoms and Jin shi
Ⅳ. The Poet as Escapist: Three Kingdoms and Jin shi
Ⅴ. Religious Landscapes: Southern and Northern Dynasties Poetry
Ⅵ. Love and the Courtly Style: Southern and Northern Dynasties Poetry
Ⅶ. Tang Efflorescence:
Ⅷ. Middle Tang and Late Tang—Bai Juyi and Du Mu
Your final course grade will be determined as detailed below:
|Assignments and Exams||Percent of Grade|
|13 Lesson Quizzes||24% (the lowest quiz score is dropped)|
|12 Homework Assignment Sets||12%|
|7 Reflection Papers and 9 Reports||16%|
|Total Course Weight||100%|
|D−||65%||E (fail)||59% or below|
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