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Mastering Advanced Modern Chinese through the Classics

An Advanced Language and Culture Course, 1st Edition

By Shu-Ling Wu, Haiwang Yuan


238 pages

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Mastering Advanced Modern Chinese through the Classics is a textbook to teach those who wish to achieve an advanced or native proficiency and cultural competence in modern Chinese, as well as to experience the beauty of Classical Chinese literature.

Collecting representative works containing vibrant views of Chinese culture from different dynasties, this book is focused on how the grammatical patterns, vocabulary, and idioms that are found in Classical Chinese are relevant in the modern adaptation of the language, and how the accumulated traditional values and beliefs found there still shape the thinking and lifestyle of modern society.

Online resources including audio, answer keys, and instructor aids will be part of the teaching package.

Table of Contents

Users’ Guides《贯古通今》使用说明

Dynastic Timeline and Authors

Lesson 1 The Classic of Poetry: Guān Jū 《诗经·关雎》

Lesson 2 Excerpts from the Analects of Confucius: Part I 《论语》选 (一)

Lesson 3 Excerpts from the Analects of Confucius: Part II 《论语》选 (二)

Lesson 4 Excerpts from Mencius 《孟子》选

Lesson 5 Excerpts from Lǎozǐ’s Dào Dé Jīng 老子《道德经》选

Lesson 6 Excerpts from Zhuāngzǐ 《庄子》选

Lesson 7 The Collection of Yuèfǔ Poetry: The Ballad of Mùlán《乐府诗集·木兰诗》

Lesson 8 The Biography of Mr. Wǔliǔ by Táo Yuānmíng陶渊明《五柳先生传》

Lesson 9 Three Poems by Wáng Wéi王维诗三首

Lesson 10 Drink More by Lǐ Bái 李白《将进酒》

Lesson 11 Two Poemsby Dù Fǔ 杜甫诗两首

Lesson 12 Poetry by Lǐ Yù and Lǐ Qīngzhào 李煜与李清照词

Lesson 13 On the Love of the Lotus by Zhōu Dūnyí 周敦颐《爱莲说》

Lesson 14 Remembering the Red Cliffs by Sū Shì苏轼《念奴娇·赤壁怀古》

Lesson 15 Defying Age by Guān Hànqīng关汉卿《一枝花·不伏老》

Lesson 16 Viewing Snow in a Pavilion on the West Lake by Zhāng Dài


List of Sources and Works Consulted

Vocabulary and Grammar Points Index

About the Authors


Shu-Ling Wu is Assistant Professor of Chinese and the Head of the Chinese Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA.

Haiwang Yuan is Professor of the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University, USA.

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