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Winter '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Chinese


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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Chinese
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Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Chinese.


CHIN 406. Third-Year Chinese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hsin-Hsin Liang (hliang@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Chinese 405. (5).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/chin/406/001.nsf

All four basic skills reading, writing, listening, and speaking are stressed. In this course, students learn to read various styles and genres of modern Chinese, including fiction, essays, and occasionally poetry. Course readings are selected from a large variety of genuine Chinese materials; there is no textbook. On completing third-year Chinese, students should (with the aid of a dictionary) be able to read and discuss most non-technical subjects in modern Chinese. This course meets five hours per week. Of these, three hours are devoted to understanding and discussing the reading material. The fourth hour is reserved for oral presentations, discussions, and skits. The fifth hour is used for taking quizzes or tests. Student work is evaluated on the basis of daily attendance, exercises, one dictation every second day, and one quiz or test per week. The class is conducted mainly in Chinese.

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CHIN 416. Chinese for the Professions.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Chinese 406. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~chenq/416.html

Chinese for the Professions (i.e., Business Chinese) focuses on practical language skills that are most helpful in actual business interactions with Chinese-speaking communities. Classroom activities, largely in the form of real world simulation, will be based on authentic documents and correspondence as well as a textbook. Some highlights are: business negotiation in international trade, business letter writing, business documents comprehension/translation, business oral presentation, commercial language, and word processing. Through intensive practice in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the Chinese language for business purposes, students will enhance their cultural awareness and acquire vocabulary, phrases, and sentence patterns commonly used in typical Chinese business contexts.

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CHIN 418. Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers II.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Chinese 417. (2). May be repeated for a total of four credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~chenq/418.html

The course is specifically designed to help Cantonese-speaking students who have advanced Chinese reading and writing skills but lack oral Mandarin (Putonghua) competence. Classroom activities, based on intensive pinyin drills, are exclusively guided oral practice and corrections. Cantonese native speakers without an advanced level in reading and writing are encouraged to attend Chinese core courses or, if qualified, Chinese 378.

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CHIN 419. Computational Chinese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Chinese 202. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~chenq/419.html

Computers and the Internet are rapidly becoming an important part of Chinese culture. Chinese, after English, is now the most widely used language on the Internet. At the same time, however, processing the Chinese language on a computer and applying various software packages in a Chinese environment remain to be a big challenge. That is why a course is desirable to provide training on Chinese language use in an electronical environment. Chinese 419 will cover language use in four computer applications, namely, Chinese word processing, Chinese e-mail, Power Point presentations in Chinese, and creation of Chinese web pages. Although involving training in computer skills, it will still primarily be a language course because the requirements and activities will emphasize all the aspects of language use listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The instructional strategy of the course will emphasize collaborative learning. Students will work in pairs or teams for the two major projects. Throughout the term, peer feedback will be abundant in frequent group discussions. There are no written exams. Grades are based on successful completion of homework and project assignments.

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CHIN 452. Literary Chinese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William H Baxter III (wbaxter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Chinese 202 or 362. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/chin/452/001.nsf

This is a course primarily for specialists, requiring knowledge of modern Chinese at least through the second-year level. Through the use of Shadick's A First Course in Literary Chinese and selected handouts, the styles of written Chinese of imperial China from prose to poetry are selectively introduced. Class is taught in small recitation groups requiring constant preparation by the student. Quizzes, tests, and hand-in exercises on a weekly basis, plus a final exam, are used to measure progress. Emphasis is on understanding of the texts, as well as the ability to render them clearly into English. This course is the second half of a two-term sequence that is prerequisite to more advanced Chinese courses. In this term, we continue to read in a variety of texts covering all pre-modern periods. Further practice is aimed at improving understanding of the structure of literary Chinese, introducing the practice of using dictionaries and other aids for interpretation, and increasing familiarity with important grammatical particles. Supplementary areas of concern include policies and problems in using literary Chinese in research, problems of translation, and the general evolution of styles in the literary tradition.

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CHIN 467/Phil. 467. Confucianism.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Thornton Charles Kline III (laozi@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Upperclass standing; no knowledge of Chinese required. (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Confucian thought from the classical period through the dominant phases of its later development. The emphasis is on viewing the origins and transformations of its major concepts in terms of the changing social context in which they evolved.

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CHIN 472/Asian Studies 472. Traditional Chinese Drama and Fiction in Translation.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Lee Rolston (drolston@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: No knowledge of Chinese required. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The focus of this course is the development of drama and fiction in premodern China. Written in vernacular Chinese, these works expand the permissible subjects and modes of literary expression giving the reader an intimate "backstage" view of traditional Chinese culture unavailable elsewhere. Course requirements are several short papers, a final exam, and participation in class discussion. Readings include, depending on availability,

  • plays: Chinese Theater in the Days of Kublai Khan, The Lute, and The Peach Blossom Fan;
  • short stories: Stories from a Ming Collection, Silent Operas;
  • autobiography: Six Records of a Floating Life; and
  • novels: The Plum in the Golden Vase (cc. 1-20), The Tower of Myriad Mirrors, The Story of the Stone (v. 1), and The Travels of Lao Ts'an.

Textbooks:
1. Wilt Idema and Lloyd Haft, A Guide to Chinese Literature (Ann Arbor Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1997).
2. James I. Crump, Chinese Theater in the Days of Kublai Khan (Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1990).
3. Wang Shifu, The Story of the Western Wing, Stephen H. West and Wilt L. Idema, trs. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995).
4. Feng Meng-lung, Stories from a Ming Collection (New York: Evergreen Press, 1958).
5. Tang Xianzu, The Peony Pavilion, Cyril Birch, tr. (Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 1994).
6. Li Yu, A Tower for the Summer Heat, Patrick Hanan, tr. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998).
7. Kung Shang-jen, The Peach Blossom Fan, Chen Shih-hsiang and Harold Acton, trs., with the collaboration of Cyril Birch (Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 2000).
8. Cao Xueqin, The Story of the Stone, vol. 1, David Hawkes, tr. (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1973).
9. Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995). (Recommended to all but, only required for upper level writing requirement students)

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CHIN 475/Asian Studies 475/RC Hums. 475/Phil. 475/Hist. of Art 487. The Arts and Letters of China.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Shuen-Fu Lin (lsf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/asian/475/001.nsf

This interdisciplinary course is taught jointly by faculty specialists in Chinese philosophy, religion, history of art, drama and literature. It is not a survey course. Instead the main task will be the sustained and critical study of a number of significant and representative works in order to present some major themes of the distinct and complex civilizations of China. In spite of inner tensions, this is a cultural tradition that can be seen as a highly integrated system composed of mutually reinforcing parts, making such an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach particularly effective. Toward the end of the term we will observe the system's collapse as it struggles to adapt to the modern world, consider how our themes continue, persist, or change. Background lectures on history, language, and early religion will be followed by topics and readings that include: Confucianism (Mencius) and Taoism (Chuang-Tzu); themes in Chinese religiosity, Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism; classical narratives; lyricism and visual experience in poetry and landscape painting; traditional storyteller tales; poetic-musical theater; fiction of modern "revolutionary" and post-Mao China.

Course format: lectures and discussions by Baxter (language); Des Forges (film); Feuerwerker (modern fiction); Ivanhoe (philosophy); Lam (music); Lin (poetry); Powers (art history); Rolston (theater and traditional fiction); Sharf (religion). Students should register for both the lecture section, and one of the three discussion sections. No prerequisites. Requirements: occasional brief responses to readings, three short papers, and final exam.

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CHIN 476/Asian Studies 476/RC Hums. 476. Writer and Society in Modern China.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alexander Des Forges (desforge@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: No knowledge of Chinese is required. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines twentieth-century Chinese literary texts with reference to contemporary Chinese theories of literature. We will examine the role and self-conception of the writer, changing views of gender and sexuality, the relationship between literature and film, and the interplay of aesthetics and politics in theories of literature. Some questions to be considered in this course include: What is literature? What role does politics play in the production of literature? Is "modernity" a useful concept in studying twentieth-century Chinese literature? Is there a meaningful relationship between literary theory and literary practice?

Readings will include stories by Lu Xun, "Sea of Regret" (Wu Jianren), "Miss Sophie's Diary" (Ding LIng), "Love in a Fallen City" (Eileen Chang), "Shanghai Express" (Zhang Henshui), as well as more recent works from Taiwan and the People's Republic. Readings in literary criticism and theories of literature will include essays by Liang Qichao, Lu Xun, Eileen Chang, Mao Zedong, and critics writing in the 1980s and 1990s. We will also consider parallel developments in cinematic production through such films as "Yellow Earth" and "Chungking Express". Requirements: Weekly short response (one paragraph), short paper, and long paper. No final exam; no knowledge of Chinese required.

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CHIN 695/Hist. of Art 690. Topics in the Theory and Criticism of Chinese Art.

Section 001 Visual Culture in 20th-Century China.

Instructor(s): Qiang Ning (ningq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One 400-level or higher Chinese Art History or Chinese literature course and 2 yrs. Chinese language. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History of Art 690.001.

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CHIN 699. Directed Readings and Research in Chinese.

Prerequisites: Permission of department. Graduate standing. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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CHIN 701. Master's Essay.

Prerequisites: Permission of department. Graduate standing. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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CHIN 799. Seminar in Chinese.

Section 001 Seminar in Six Dynasties Aesthetics

Instructor(s): Shuen-Fu Lin (lsf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Appropriate proseminar and permission of department. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/chin/799/001.nsf

This course is devoted to a study of the new developments in literary criticism and aesthetics from the end of the Han dynasty (206 BCE 220 CE) through the late Six Dynasties (220-589). We will begin with a look at the changing intellectual and aesthetic contexts of the end of Han and of the Wei and Jin periods and then proceed to examine the various areas of Six Dynasties criticism and aesthetics such as appraisal of human character and personality; discourses on language, image, and meaning; the life-style of the "famous scholars"; and treatises on music, poetry, prose, calligraphy, painting, and the garden. Readings consist of both selected primary texts to illustrate the scope and historical development of the field and secondary sources by recent scholars to sample the range of approaches and interpretation.

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CHIN 799. Seminar in Chinese.

Section 002 Prof Chang Heng seminar

Instructor(s): William H Baxter III

Prerequisites: Appropriate proseminar and permission of department. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/chin/799/002.nsf

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CHIN 825/Hist. 825/Anthro. 825/Econ. 825/Pol. Sci. 825/Soc. 825. Seminar in Chinese History and Society.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Chinese or Japanese. Graduate standing. (3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 825.

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CHIN 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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CHIN 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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