L-OR/21 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide an educational basis on the literature of China, from the origins to the tenth century, by examining the main authors, works, literary genres and also referring to the relative historical-cultural context. It also provides for the acquisition of linguistic, stylistic and literary-critical methodologies, useful for the analysis and understanding of the anthological passage.

Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will be able to understand and relate main historical events in the cultural and literary fields.

Making a judgement: students will get critical skills with the Chinese reality, in everyday life and professional life.

Communication skills: students will express their ideas, projects and results got in a complex and articulated way.

Learning skills: students will interact with different professional and cultural contexts. They know how to interpret, understand and use independently their expressive capabilities.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons

Detailed Course Content

The course will focus on learning the main theoretical and practical issues to understand the evolution of Chinese literature, from the beginning of the Tang dynasty (618-907). Students must study the historical and philosophical contexts and the critical analysis of the most representative literary works. The active participation of students is requested. Besides the reference manuals, additional material will be get during the semester.

The main topics to be studied are:

- The ancient form of writing

- The oracular inscriptions

- The oldest literary works: Shujing, Shijing, Yijing

-The historical literature: from the Chunqiu to the Shiji and Hanshu

- Analysis of the structure of dynastic stories starting from Shiji

-The philosophical literature: from the Spring and Autumn to the Tang era

- Reading and commenting on passages from the Daodejing, from the Dialogues of Confucius and from the works of Mencius and Zhuangzi

-The poetry of the North and the poetry of the South

-The Han literature

-The Shi, Fu and Yuefu

-The literature between the Han and the Tang

- The Chuanqi

-The Ci

-The Shi from the Tang era

-The most important Tang poets

Textbook Information

  1. Cheng A., Storia del pensiero cinese, Einaudi, Torino, 2000. (fino al cap. XIX incluso)
  2. Bertuccioli G. La Letteratura Cinese L’asino d'oro, Roma, 2013 (fino al cap. V incluso) oppure Idema W. e Haft L., Letteratura cinese, Cafoscarina, Venezia, 2000 (fino al cap. XVII incluso);
  3. Una lettura a scelta tra:

a) Andreini A., a cura di, Laozi. Daodejing. Il canone della Via e della Virtù, Einaudi, Torino, 2018;

b) Andreini A. e Biondi M., a cura di, Sun Tzu. L’arte della Guerra, Einaudi, Torino, 2011 assieme a Duyvendak J.J.L. (a cura di), Il Libro del Signore di Shang, Milano, Adelphi, 1989;

c) Baccini Giulia, a cura di, I sette savi del bosco di bambù. Personalità eccentriche nella Cina medievale, Testo cinese a fronte, Marsilio, 2016‚Äč

d) Bisetto B. (a cura di), Il laccio scarlatto, Marsilio, Venezia, 2010;

e) Kado G. a cura di, Han Feizi, Einaudi, Torino, 2016

f)) Lippiello T., a cura di, Confucio. Dialoghi, Einaudi, Torino, 2003 assieme a Lippiello T., a cura di, La costante pratica del giusto mezzo. Zhongyong, Marsilio, Venezia, 2010;

g) Sabbadini S.A. a cura di, Chuang-tzu : (Zhuang-zi), Urra, Milano, 2012;

h) Zacchetti S., Fazang, Trattato sul leone d'oro, Esedra, Padova, 2000

i) Zacchetti S. (a cura di), Storie delle sei perfezioni. Racconti scelti dal Liu du ji jing, Marsilio, Venezia, 2013;

Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

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All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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