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Saint Petersburg State University

Fundamentals of the Chinese character writing (Part 1)

Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera

Overview

The course gives a concise survey of the Chinese character-writing tradition. You’ll master the fundamentals of the Chinese writing aesthetics; learn about the main phases of the characters’ evolution and about the great calligraphers of the past. You are going to distinguish 6 types of the Chinese written symbols, become skilled in history of Chinese scripts and possibility of their modern usage. You’ll get the explanation of the 214 Chinese character radicals (the first part in Part 1 of the Course, the second — in Part 2) and can practice their writing, using the animated and static samples given in videos and on pages. Elaborate tests are going to help you regularizing the new information and filling the lacunae.
Welcome to the mysterious world of the Chinese characters! You will definitely love it!

Syllabus

  • INTRODUCTION
  • EARLY STAGES OF THE HISTORY OF THE CHINESE WRITING
  • HISTORY OF CHARACTER-WRITING AND PRINCIPLES OF CALLIGRAPHY
  • CHARACTER-WRITING IN TANG DYNASTY
  • CHARACTER-WRITING IN TANG AND SONG DYNASTIES
  • CHARACTER-WRITING IN SONG DYNASY

Taught by

Storozhuk Alexander , Власова Наталья Николаевна and Somkina Nadezhda

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