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Topical Readings in Chinese (texts on premodern China)


Admission requirements

Premodern Chinese IV


This semester the seminar focuses on self-expression and autobiographical writing in classical Chinese texts. We will read notebook literature and letters dating from the eighth through the fourteenth centuries. In addition to traditional philological tools, students will also learn to work with (freely available) digital tools for the analysis of classical Chinese texts, including digital markup, quantitative analysis, network and map visualizations.

Course objectives

  • the further development of language and research skills in classical Chinese

  • the use and evaluation of digital tools for classical Chinese


Look at the timetable

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Class participation and assignments (40%)

  • Final essay, including a translation of a text selected by the student (60%)



Reading list

Texts will be distributed in class and electronically.


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Prof. dr. De Weerdt