Confucius's Analects An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Culture

by Zu-yan Chen

Confucius's Analects An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Culture Synopsis

Confucius' Analects is an innovative textbook for teaching and learning Chinese language and culture at the advanced level. It combines classical and modern Chinese language skills, Chinese culture, and expository and narrative writing practice. Confucius' Analects is a central work of East Asian intellectual history that permeates Chinese and East Asian thought and values today. Students seeking to develop advanced language proficiency need to be familiar with the Analects in order to understand the wealth of literary allusions that appear in modern as well as classical Chinese writings. A selection of 82 passages, which are all educational and practical for present-day students, are grouped thematically into four parts - knowledge, morality, wisdom, and government - and covers Confucian teachings from personal cultivation to social contribution. Features: A quadrupled text system includes quotations from the Analects, modern Chinese translations of these passages, short essays of exegesis that elaborate on the major points, and historical Chinese stories that illustrate the theme; Vocabulary expansion sections show how monosyllabic classical words have each expanded into ten selected modern bisyllabic words; Almost 300 idioms and corresponding exercises teach their rhetorical value and provide cultural exposure; Sections on function words help students to understand classical Chinese; Extensive writing practice in each chapter includes debate, composition, storytelling, and topical research - all requiring internet research; and, Audio files of recitation of the Analects passages by a native speaker are available online for free. Designed for students who have studied Chinese for three years in college or an equivalent, this textbook is ideal for students of advanced Chinese, classical Chinese, and Chinese culture. Knowledge of classical Chinese is not a prerequisite.

Confucius's Analects An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Culture Press Reviews

Confucius's Analects is an excellent textbook that fills a critical gap that is culturally rich, and provides a useful approach to teaching Chinese with the combination of modern and classical Chinese. The book also provides a creative stance at utilizing classical Chinese, historical idioms, and ways to expand vocabulary. -Kai Li, East Asian Studies Program, Oberlin College As students start Chinese learning earlier than in previous decades, many of them reach the advanced level half way through their college years if not sooner. An efficient textbook is needed for them to not only enhance their linguistic competence but also to probe into the Chinese intellectual tradition and cultural values to prepare them to be sophisticated communicators in the language. Prof. Zu-yan Chen's Confucius' Analects is tailor made to meet this need. Adopting entries from the influential classic, (Lunyu), as its main text, this book is also supplemented by essays written in modern Chinese language on relevant topics to further elucidate the significance of the main text. Furthermore, the author use both sets of texts to systematically introduce Chinese idioms, which were derived from traditional Chinese wisdom but widely used in modern Chinese language. The materials are well organized and precisely glossed. Most remarkable are the clearly guided exercises-including making use of the learned words and idioms, answer questions, writing compositions of expository and narrative essays, debate, web research and storytelling-that are astutely arranged to challenge students' active mental participation and cogent articulation. For an advanced Chinese language class, this is the textbook of my choice. -Madeline Chu, professor of Chinese language & literature, Kalamazoo College

Book Information

ISBN: 9781589016354
Publication date: 18th June 2010
Author: Zu-yan Chen
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 312 pages
Categories: Language teaching & learning material & coursework, Cultural studies,

About Zu-yan Chen

Zu-yan Chen is a professor of Chinese language and literature and director of the Confucius Institute at Binghamton University, SUNY. He is the co-author of Li Bai and Du Fu: An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Literature and Chinese through Song.

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