This textbook for beginning students contains 35 lessons of increasingly difficulty designed to introduce students to the basic patterns of Classical Chinese and to give them practice in reading a variety of texts The lessons are structured to encourage students to move beyond reliance on the glossaries provided in the text and to become increasingly familiar with dictionaries and other reference works The Introduction to the book summarizes the grammar of Literary Chinese Part I presents eight lessons on parts of speech, verbs, negatives, and the basic sentence structures Each lesson contains a grammatical overview, a short text with glossary and notes, and practice exercises Part II consists of sixteen intermediate level lessons based on increasingly long and complex texts The advanced level, Part III, focuses on selections from five important early Chinese authors Part IV has six lessons based on Tang and Song dynasty prose and poetry Appendixes provide further discussions of grammatical issues, chronologies and maps, and a glossary of function words....
|Title||:||An Introduction to Literary Chinese: Revised Edition (Harvard East Asian Monographs)|
|Publisher||:||Harvard University Asia Center Revised edition November 15, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|File Size||:||976 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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An Introduction to Literary Chinese: Revised Edition (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Reviews
This is a review of An Introduction to Literary Chinese by Michael A Fuller.
A very good book, but if you don't already read the Kanji, I recommend getting a dictionary for Literary Chinese. There are glossaries for each chapter's sample text, but they are not very detailed as to things like nuance and other meanings in context (which is a big deal in East Asian languages).
I really liked this book at first, and started to enjoy it less after getting about halfway through. The main reason is that it doesn't have translations for the passages with which to check your own reading. I ended up having to go onto the Chinese internet and Baidu'ing the passages in order to see what they meant in modern mandarin. Additionally, the notes section that helps talk about grammar is 1) insufficient, as it doesn't really explain all the necessary grammar points, and 2) disappears halfway through. By the midway point, you're essentially reading multipage passages of Zhuangzi without a translation to check against and without any grammar points to help you. This is not fun.
Although this book is billed as a "textbook for beginning students," it would be more correct to describe it as a university textbook for beginning students of Literary (Classical) Chinese who already have at least a basic grasp of modern Chinese. Those who already know modern Chinese will find the book to be an excellent introduction to Classical Chinese.