Re: Xue Heng School aned classical Chinese.

From Daniel Frederick Vukovich <>
Date Sun, 11 Mar 2007 17:01:18 +0800
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Hi Chuck,

Thanks much, to you and Viren too who emailed me offlist.

You're hardly being conservative.  But actually I am assuming that the PhD
student knows classical Chinese.  

So the issue is a lack of dept support/colleagues who know classical.  Do you
think the student is best advised going elsewhere than this dept in HK in this
case, assuming she has other options?  

thanks, Dan

Daniel F. Vukovich
Assistant Professor
Comparative Literature, School of Humanities
208 Main Bldg.
The University of Hong Kong
(852) 2859 7934

Quoting Chuck Wooldridge <woldrdge@Princeton.EDU>:

> I'm perhaps betraying my own conservatism here, but I don't see how the 
> student could get along without some knowledge of classical.  If nothing 
> else, the poetic models that Xue Heng and other literary movements draw 
> from/ depart from are going to be classical. 
> In other words, if the student doesn't know classical, (s)he will be 
> vulnerable to the criticism of simply ignoring the classical influences 
> of the movement. 
> Also, I haven't worked on literature, but my limited experience with 
> early twentieth century essays, academic articles, etc is that many, 
> although not purely classical, are written in a style that more or less 
> necessitates good knowledge of classical. 
> I'm a historian rather than a literature guy, and would defer to 
> somebody with more experience in the field.   For my part, I read a lot 
> of classical for my dissertation on the 19th century, and I still find 
> some early twentieth century texts rough going.
> All that being said, it shouldn't be impossible for the student to find 
> an outside advisor willing to help with such matters.
> Daniel Frederick Vukovich wrote:
> >Dear all,
> >
> >Have a very specific and important query for any of you who might have an
> >opinion.
> >
> >A prospective PhD student I know of through a colleague is wanting to do a
> PhD
> >dissertation on the Xue Heng School (a re-interpretation of them as NOT as
> >conservative as we have thought, or as much as the May 4th/New Culture
> people
> >did). 
> >
> >My query is this: does this student need dept. support (advisors/teachers)
> who
> >know classical Chinese.  Is that rather crucial for doing such a project?  
> >The dept/program in question does not have anyone who knows classical
> Chinese
> >and they are all wondering if or how necessary this would be.
> >
> >Any thoughts?
> >
> >Do let me know-- even mere opinions would be helpful.
> >
> >thanks,  Dan
> >
> >  
> >