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Korean Literature in Classical Chinese

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There is countless information on Korean literature, history and philosophy that is written in classical Chinese (70~80%), so it can be easily said that in order to understand the Korean language, identity and culture, you must understand Korean classics. Even in this era of internationalization such an endeavor is an urgent and necessary task. Our department was established in 1988 to achieve this academic purpose.

 

However, we are not just limited to Korean Literature in Classical Chinese. We train students to understand and enhance their ability to read Classical Chinese in order to broaden their understanding of all works. This department, with its’ 20 years' accumulated history, provides a systematic, broad curriculum for helping our students to develop their reading ability. Through these courses, we wish to cultivate basic abilities through the instruction of oriental studies as well as Korean Literature in Classical Chinese.

 

This field is a science blueprint to studying various cultures, and using text centered in literature, history and philosophy. It is one aspect out of a core that forms present-day Korea's cultural tradition. Through knowledge obtained in this field, we can understand traditional Korean culture in depth. Studying this area is important because in the traditional era, Classical Chinese was used in almost all intellectual works and documents.

 

Contact Us
  • Location
    : #31411, 4th floor of toegye hall of humanities
  • Address
    :25-2, Sungkyunkwan-Ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Telephone
    82-2-760-0334
  • Administration Contacts
Department in Detail
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1. Undergraduate Courses

Foundation Courses: Students selectively read early East Asian texts to enhance both understanding of the world of  East Asian thought, and the Classical Chinese Language. They will also read basic Confucian canons including the 'Four Books' (The Analects of Confucius, Mencius, The Book of the Golden Mean, Great Learning) in order to learn Chinese letters and better understand the thoughts of Confucianism.

 
Intensive Courses: Students read Chinese poetry written by Koreans for a systematic understanding of outstanding Chinese poetry, as well as looking at the lives, thoughts, and literature of major writers in the history of Sino-Korean literature are reviewed and discussed.
 
Graduate courses open the way to students studying Korean Literature in Classical Chinese and Oriental Classics.
 
2. Courses and Curriculums
Category Core Major General Major

Students aiming

for Learning

Intermediate Chinese ClassicsⅠ, Understanding of  Literature in Classical Chinese, The History of Shilla and Koryo Literature in Classical Chinese, The History of Choson Literature in Classical Chinese, Reading of the Four Books of Ancient China I, Reading of the Four Books of Ancient China II Reading in Historical Prose Ⅱ, Criticism on the Sino-Korean Literature, Reading in Naryo’s Prose, Reading in Literary Sketch, Classical Literature in the T'ang and Sung Dynasties, Selective Reading of Choson Prose, Practice of Cursive Script and Semi-cursive Script, The Origin and Development of the Chinese Character, Readings in the Chinese PoetryⅠ, Chinese Poetry Ⅱ, Chinese Poetry and Traditional Arts, Calligraphy, Sino-Korean Novel
Students aiming for Professional Jobs Elementary Classical Chinese I, Elementary Classical Chinese II Readings in the Writings of Silhak School, Eastern Asian Classical Chinese Literature, Chinese Literature and Cultural Contents, Practice and Exercise of Chinese Classical Translation, Classical Chinese Grammar

Students aiming

for Double Major

Elementary Classical Chinese I, Understanding of  Literature in Classical Chinese, Elementary Classical Chinese II Reading in Historical Prose Ⅱ, Reading in Literary Sketch, Criticism on the Sino-Korean Literature, Aesthetics of Korean Poem in Classical Chinese, Classical Literature in the T'ang and Sung Dynasties

 

3. Specialty in Major
   Korean Linguistics
   Korean Classical Literature
   Korean Modern Literature
 
Why Choose Us?
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1. Reputation

The department runs the academic society ‘Woori Society of Korean Literature in Classical Chinese’ and holds symposiums every summer and winter semester. The department also publishes『The Newspaper of Korean Literature in Classical Chinese』including the research results of aforementioned symposiums.

2. Student Society

Club 'Yiyeon'(以硏會)

   Date: Any time, exhibition in October

   Participant Target: Students of Department of Korean Literature in Classical Chinese of SKKU

   Program Overview: Club members gather to prepare for the fall exhibition. Students learn caligraphy 1-2 times a week and prepare their own work

 

Club ‘Geundok’(勤讀會)

   Date: Every Friday at a seminar room

  Participant Target: Students of Department of Korean Literature in Classical Chinese of SKKU Program Overview: Reading Mencius under the senior members’ guidance.

3. Support for Students

The department gives academic stimulus by holding a lot of seminars, study meetings, and monthly recitals to improve the announcing or debating skills of students, and to provide opportunities to learn more about varied issues. The lecturers and the students maintain close relationships through several events such as the 'New Year’s Greeting' event.

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