Course code LitZ1041
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 32 32 96
E-courses LitZ1041: Asian Literature and Culture I
Course annotation The aim of the course is to introduce students to different Asian literary traditions and religious, philosophical, mitological and literary genres, as well as their influence upon intellectual-religious traditions (Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto etc.)

Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
Results The successful completion of the course provides students with better understanding of Asian literatures and their impact upon intellectual traditions.Students will be able to analyse and evaluate Asian literature genres and their socio-political significance. The successful competion of the course give students a possibility to acquire specifical knowledge about Asian literary genres, they also get acquanted with original texts of canonical literature in Asian languages (e.g. old Chinese, classical arabic etc.).
Course plan 1.Periods of the development of the Classical Chinese literature. L2, S2
2.Intellectual sources of the Chinese literature and their influence upon genres of the literature.L2, S2
3.Genres of the Chinese Classical prose.L2, S2
4.Prosody and metre in the Chinese poetry.L2, S2
5.Ancient Chinese philosophical texts as examples of high literature. L2, S2
6.Oral tradition in the context of the Chinese literature. L2, S2
7.Shijing – Book of the Odes. L2, S2
8.Yuefu – Department of Songs.L2, S2
9.Qu Yuan and his poetry.L2, S2
10.Tao Yuanming and his poetry.L2, S2
11.Liu Xie’s Wen xin diao long and Chinese literary theory.L2, S2
12.Poetry of the Tang dynasty: Li Bo, Du Fu and Wang Wei. L2, S2
13.Guwen movement of the Tang dynasty. L2, S2
14.Literature of the Song dynasty.L2, S2
15.Drama of the Yuan dynasty.L2, S2
16.Novels of the Ming dynasty.L2, S2



Requirements for obtaining credit points Attendance of lectures is optional,
that of seminars – compulsory,
Semester paper – 50% of the final grade.
Written final examination – 50%.


Study programmes Asian Studies