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CHINESE LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

CODE 101290
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-OR/21
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course delivers an introduction to the knowledge and understanding of the early stages of Chinese history, culture and literature from the archaic era, followed by the early stage of the imperial period, until the fifth century AD, highlighting similarities and influences with others countries of the Asian context.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims at providing an overview of the first phases of the evolution of Chinese culture and the most significant literary genres and major works (a selection of which will be taught using the Italian version with the parallel text and its phonetic transcription), with a focus on pre-imperial and imperial China up to the the Six Dynasties, dedicating particular attention to the main philosophical and literary concepts that constitute Chinese culture in their historical context.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course, students will be able to familiarize with the cultural and geo-linguistic space of imperial and pre-imperial China, highlighting the main peculiarities emerged from the analysis of iconographic, documentary and material culture sources, displaying the understanding of the foundations of Chinese civilization. The students will acquire the knowledge of the historical context within the early stages of the development of Chinese civilization and will be able to highlight those elements of the traditional culture that still are essential key points in contemporary Chinese society.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Frontal lessons

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The program consists of lectures, delivered in Italian, on the contents of both the compulsory monographs (related to quite general topics) and the selected works listed in the bibliography, focused on the contemporary reception of some key elements of traditional Chinese culture. Regarding the early phases of the development of the Chinese language and literature, a wide repertoire of reference texts, as well as of extracts from the canon of the Chinese thought, will also be introduced in both original language and translation.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Compulsory works:

    • Castorina, Miriam, La cultura cinese, Milano, Hoepli, 2011.

    • Testi integrativi fornite durante il corso

    And in addition one text chosen from the following titles:

    • Abbiati, Magda, La scrittura cinese nei secoli. Dal pennello alla tastiera, Roma, Carocci, 2017.

    • Crisma, Amina, Confucianesimo e Taoismo, Bologna, EMI, 2016.

    • Pieranni, Simone, La Cina Nuova, Bari, Laterza, 2021.

    • Scarpari, Maurizio, Ritorno a Confucio. La Cina di oggi tra tradizione e innovazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015. 

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral interview in Italian. The students will show their ability to relate the various topics covered in the course. During the exam (with open questions, relating to the whole program including the compulsory books and the selected texts introduced during lessons), the quality of the presentation, the correct use of the lexicon (in particular while clarifying texts of philosophical content), the critical competence will all be carefully assessed.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The students will have to demonstrate the assimilation of the main topics, to have acquired the basic knowledge of the course contents, to be able to elaborate a short speech on one or more topics, related with the compulsory monographs and/or wirh the selected texts introduced during the course, placing them in the Chinese and Asian historical and cultural contexts. Attendance and active participation during the lessons will facilitate the examination process.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    To the students who hold a certification of specific learning disorders, disability or other educational requirements: please send an email to Prof. Puppin at the beginning of the course, in order to discuss beforehand the best teaching and exam methods that, in alignment with the intended learning objectives, will take into account your specific needs and will provide suitable compensatory tools.