Cultural Chinese Readings in Art, Literature, and History

ISBN-10: 1589018826
ISBN-13: 9781589018822
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 4/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

Cultural Chinese: Readings in Art, Literature, and History is an advanced language textbook with a new approach to cultural integration and immersion. In this unique book, culture becomes the very core of language learning, transitioning its role from context to text.This textbook is ideal for courses in advanced Chinese and Chinese culture. Third- and fourth-year students and instructors will find themselves deeply immersed in the very fabric of Chinese culture that governs personal behavior and directs social dynamics.FEATURES:• Each of nine lessons features a distinctive topic of Chinese culture that serves as a portal to Chinese perceptions and perspectives.• Main text of each lesson begins with a brief introduction and is further illustrated with two historical or mythological stories that inform Chinese values and attitudes.• Additional mini-stories challenge students' abilities of cultural interpretation.• Includes a total of twenty-seven stories familiar to every educated Chinese person that will prepare students for meaningful communication and understanding.• Each lesson includes more than ten sections of exercises intertwined with culture, including vocabulary and idioms, historical information, linguistic points, translation exercises, and online research required for debate, composition, and storytelling.

Preface
User's Guide
Calligraphy
"Preface to the Orchid Pavilion" and "The Pagoda of Many Treasures"
Eighteen Vats of Water
Major Dynasties
Chinese Painting
"Ink Plum Blossoms" and "Ink Bamboo"
The Poet and the Thief
Four Treasures of the Study
Tang Poetry
"A Night Mooring at the Maple Bridge" and "An Occasional Poem upon; Returning to My Hometown"
To Push or to Knock
The Tolling Bell at Hanshan Temple
Chinese Instrumental Music
"The High Mountain and Flowing Water" and "Ambush from All Sides"
Butterflies among the Flowers
Erhu and suona
Beijing Opera
The White Snake and The Empty City Stratagem
A Beijing Opera Master in America
Chinese Local Operas
Idioms
Awaiting the Hare under the Tree and Swordplay at the Rooster's Crow
Southbound Carriage, Northbound Tracks
Proverbs and Riddles
Holidays
Chang'e Flying to the Moon and Reunion on the Magpie Bridge
A Drowned Poet
Chinese New Year Traditions
Food and Drink
Li Bai Gets Drunk and Wu Song Beats the Tiger
Banquet at Hongmen
Gongbao Chicken
Etiquette
Standing in the Snow at the Teacher's Door and Thrice Visiting the Thatched House
A General's Apology
The Four Books and Five Classics
Appendix
English Translations of the Texts
Indexes
Vocabulary Index
Proper Names Index

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