Classical Chinese and Japanese

The Summer School in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese/Kanbun is unique in its kind. Organised in collaboration with Princeton University, it offers two tracks of comprehensive, grammar-focused instruction taught by Faculty members from both Ca' Foscari and Princeton.

The programme is designed especially for students who wish to develop their linguistic expertise for graduate study in any discipline of premodern China or Japan.

Programme information

Students can choose between two tracks: each track offers language classes in addition to a lecture series on topics in premodern Chinese or Japanese culture (history, literature, thought). Both tracks welcome students who are beginners in Classical Chinese or Japanese, as well as those who already have some background foundation.

Program dates: July 4 - 29, 2022

Tracks

Instructors: Attilio Andreini & Giulia Baccini

The course provides the fundamentals of classical Chinese grammar through the reading and analysis of passages of pre-modern Chinese historical and literary texts.

Prerequisites: one year of modern Chinese language.

Teaching methods
During the course, the instructor will guide the students through the grammatical analysis and  comprehension of the basic structures of classical Chinese grammar. The course will also be devoted to translation and analysis of selected texts and their context. 

Expected learning outcomes

  1. Students understand the basic structures of the classical Chinese language.
  2. Students know the necessary tools for translation.
  3. Basic knowledge of the Chinese literary tradition.
  4. Students are able to identify basic grammatical structures and, accordingly, to translate correctly.
  5. Students are able to identify the most appropriate tools to translate a particular text.
  6. Students are able to evaluate different translations for correctness. 

Grading: Participation in Class 30%; Final Exam 70%. 

Texts
Scarpari, Maurizio, “Classical Chinese”, in Rint Sybesma et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, Leiden: Brill, 2017, vol. 1, pp. 608-620. (pdf).

All language study texts will be supplied during the lessons.

Instructor: Keiko Ono

This course will intensively and systematically provide the fundamentals of classical Japanese and kanbun grammar along with readings in the major genres of pre-modern Japanese historical and literary texts. After three weeks of intensive classical Japanese, the final week will be devoted to the kanbun reading system, which is based on classical Japanese grammar.

Prerequisites: at least one year of modern Japanese and familiarity with Chinese characters and Japanese kana.

Teaching methods
During the course, the instructor will guide the students through the grammatical analysis and comprehension of the texts and their contexts. There will be quizzes and homework.  Students are expected to present their translations and actively engage in the class discussion.

Expected learning outcomes

  1. Students understand the basic structures of classical Japanese.
  2. Students know the necessary tools for translation.
  3. Students are able to identify basic grammatical structures and, accordingly, to translate correctly.
  4. Students are able to identify the most appropriate tools to translate a particular text.
  5. Students are able to evaluate different translations for correctness. 

Grading: Class participation, homework and quizzes 30%, Final 70%

Texts: Various handouts created and provided by the instructor. Reading texts includes Makura no sōshi, Uji Shüi Monogatari, Taketori Monogatari, Poetry, Nihon Gaishi etc.


Programme Directors

Tiziana Lippiello, Rector at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Martin Kern, Professor at Princeton University

Fees and applications

Fees

Fees for the full 4 weeks cost €1300. Programme fees cover all instruction, student administration (including the issue of a final transcript) and orientation. All participants will have access to the University Wifi network in all University buildings (including at the libraries and the cafeterias).

Withdrawal policy

Following enrolment confirmation, students can withdraw from the programme with reimbursement up until May 31st. The School will deduct €400 from the enrolment fee for administration purposes. 

For further information contact  summerschool.international@unive.it.

Applications

There are still a few spots left for both the Classical Chinese and the Classical Japanese tracks. Applications are open until May 31st. To apply and for any enquiries, please send us an email at  summerschool.international@unive.it.

Following your application we will send you an email to confirm you have been successfully pre-enrolled in your selected programme and to give you details on how to confirm your enrolment through payment.

Please read the Summer@SIE application Call for further details and policies, and for an overview of all our Summer programmes. We look forward to having you with us this summer!

Arrival

Our Campus

Our campus is located in the historical center of Venice, close to Ca’ Foscari’s main campus, to local transport and the popular areas of Santa Margherita and Zattere. 

Living in Venice: suggested budget

Housing costs usually start from around 45 euros for a bed in a double room at the student residences, but you can also find B&Bs for around 80 euros per day if you do not wish to share your room.
Your weekly grocery shop will be around 70 euros, but if you wish to eat out, that will cost around 10 to 30 euros per meal.

In terms of transport, getting around Venice is always best if you go on foot, but you can take the vaporetto (public transport by boat) for €7,50 (for a 75 minute trip). Alternatively, you can register for a monthly transport pass for all public transport (bus, tram, vaporetto) that costs around €140, with special discounts applying to students under 26. More information is available here.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at two University student residences in Venice's city centre on request. For more information on policies and how to reserve rooms, please contact the residences directly via email specifying you will be a Summer School student at our university.

Camplus Santa Marta

  • €40 shared accommodation in a double room (private bathroom + kitchenette)
  • €60 accommodation in a single room (private bathroom + kitchenette) - subject to availability

Breakfast is included in the fee. The residence also has a fitness room and a laundry room. Contact:  venezia@camplus.it

DoveVivo San Giobbe

  • Including breakfast:

    • €42 shared accommodation in a double room (private bathroom)
    • €57 accommodation in a single room (private bathroom)

  • Without breakfast:

    • €37 shared accommodation in a double room (private bathroom)
    • €52 accommodation in a single room (private bathroom)

In order to be guaranteed the reduced rate for Summer School students, students need to book accommodation at DoveVivo within a month before classes start (June 4th). Contact:  info.venezia@dovevivo.com (please ensure you specify the name of the Summer School)

Contacts

Email:  summerschool.international@unive.it 

Last update: 19/05/2022