Register for a CSMC seminar
Early Chinese Manuscripts and the Chinese Writing System
This seminar is taught by Professor Dr William G. Boltz during his Petra Kappert Fellowship at CSMC.
In a series of six seminar meetings, we shall explore approaches and techniques for working with Classical Chinese texts, both transmitted and discovered, and how the nature of the Chinese writing system affects philological and text critical methods and assumptions. One of the chief considerations will be how the principles and methods of textual criticism as they pertain to Classical Chinese texts may differ from the practices of textual criticism as they have been developed historically in connection with the study of Western and Near Eastern classical texts.
As a part of this general text critical approach to Classical Chinese texts we will pay particular attention to lexicological questions and issues, noticing how this aspect of Classical Chinese textual scholarship differs from its Western and Near Eastern counterparts.
The seminar sessions will be taught on Zoom from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm CEST on the following dates:
- 21 April
- 28 April
- 5 May
- 12 May
- 19 May
- 26 May
The two-hour period will be divided approximately equally between a presentation of textual and lexical material first and an opportunity for questions, answers and discussion second.
The seminar is open to anyone interested in the study of early Chinese texts and manuscripts, and assumes, at a minimum, an intermediate-level ability in reading Classical Chinese together with some familiarity with the early linguistic and orthographic history of the written language.
Please register using the form below.