800704 VU Functions of Chinese writing and written language: a practical introduction

winter semester 2020/2021 | Last update: 08.10.2020 Place course on memo list
800704
VU Functions of Chinese writing and written language: a practical introduction
VU 2
5
weekly
annually
German

Acquisition of cognitive abilities to analyse Chinese written characters and writing styles. Basic vocabulary of written Chinese, which will enable a self-dependent, analytical perception of particular characters in public media spaces. In addition, capabilities of employing digital appliances and resources for self-dependent analysis of writing as well as basic knowledge of the cultural history of Chinese writing and its perception in the modern West.

In the lecture part, first, the general cognitive characteristics of the Chinese writing will be deduced by comparison to alphabetic writing systems, which, then, will be made comprehensible  for the participants in parallel exercises. (1. third) Subsequently, by introducing to the historical and sociological aspects of writing, its functions within state and societal institutions and under the influence of technological cataclysms will be depicted.  Exercises here will concentrate on critical discussions of text-material from various epoches of  of the history of Chinese writing from the second millenia BC to our times. (2. third) Finally, the Chinese writing in its quality as a unique form of East Asian art will be discussed as a function of "embodiment" and again insinuated on two levels - the one of historical and theoretical reflection and the one of practical exercises training cognitive capabilities. In doing so, traditional techniques and methods not lesser than modernist perceptions (Seageln, Pound, Barthes) and digital transformations of writing culture will be brought up and displayed.

Comparative analysis of writing-systems. Historical-critical method of writing's functions. Critique of translation and genre. Cognitive and practical exercises.

Written test.

Billeter, J.-F.: L’Art chinois de l’écriture, Skira, Geneva, 1989 (Engl.: The Chinese Art of Writing)

 

Pound/Saussy (Hg.): The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry: A Critical Edition, New York 2008

 

De Francis, J.: The Chinese Language. Fact and Fantasy (Honolulu 1984) - Die chinesische Sprache: Fakt und Fantasie (2011)

 

Karlgren, B.: Schrift und Sprache der Chinesen (e-book Heidelberg 2001)

 

not applicable

The  literature will be studied in the course of the semester in preparation of particular sections. Acknowledgement in advance is not compulsory.

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Date Time Location
Wed 2020-10-07
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-10-14
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-10-21
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-10-28
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-11-04
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-11-11
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-11-18
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-11-25
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-12-02
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-12-09
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2020-12-16
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2021-01-13
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2021-01-20
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Wed 2021-01-27
13.45 - 15.15 4U102a 4U102a Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired