Department of Chinese Philology

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Department of Chinese Philology © FAAS

Languages taught:

  • Chinese, Middle Chinese, Old Chinese.


  • Aesthetic Features of the Poetry of the Tang and Song (VII-ХIII Centuries)
  • Chinese Grammar Theory
  • Chinese Epigraphy
  • Chinese Ethnopsychology
  • Chinese Medieval Philosophical Writings
  • Chinese Oral Narrative Tradition
  • Chinese Phonology
  • Chinese Press
  • Chinese Borrowings in Kоrеan
  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Classical Chinese Novel
  • Dictionaries in Chinese Studies
  • History of Chinese
  • Introduction to Chinese Studies
  • Lexicology of Chinese
  • Life and Writings of Yuan Zhen
  • Life and Writings of Lao She
  • Old Chinese Language
  • Old Chinese Grammar
  • Poetics of Classical Chinese Verse
  • Reading Chinese Fiction
  • Spoken Chinese
  • The Classical Chinese Novel "Dream in the Red Chamber"
  • The Novel of the Tang Dynasty
  • Three Teachings

The Department of Chinese Philology is one of the oldest at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies: Chinese started to be taught as early as in 1855. The establishment of the Department and the first scientific school of Russian Chinese studies is inseparable from the name of Academician B. P. Vasilyev (1818-1900). In the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, prominent sinologists worked at the Department including D. A. Peshchurov (1833-1913), S. M. Georgievsky (1851-1893), A. O. Ivanovsky (1863-1903), P. S. Popov (1842-1913). Between 1910 and 1940, the study and teaching of Chinese philology was taken to new heights by Academician V. M. Alekseev (1881-1951) and his students Yu. K. Shchutsky (1897-1938), B. A. Vasilyev (1899-1937), A. A. Dragunov (1900-1955), A. A. Shtukin (1904-1953), K. I. Razumovsky (1905-1942). For many years leading experts in the field of Chinese studies taught at the Department, including G. F. Smykalov (1877-1955), B. I. Pankratov (1892-1979), V. V. Petrov (1929-1987), V. A. Velgus (1922-1980), Pan In (1928-2009), and N. A. Speshnev (1931-2011).

The Department of Chinese Philology for decades successfully trained highly qualified specialists in various field of Sinology; among the alumni were such renowned Russian orientalists as B. L. Riftin, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Prof. E. A. Serebryakov (who headed the Department for 37 years), Prof. L. N. Menshikov and numerous other distinguished scholars who worked both at St. Petersburg State University and other major research centers in Russia.

Our ample scientific and teaching potential allows us to provide well-rounded fundamental education in classical and modern Chinese language and literature, as well as in the disciplines that are inextricably linked with traditional philological fields of study (such as, for instance, traditional Chinese culture, mythology, ethnopsychology, etc.). A significant proportion of students undertake study trips to China. Compulsory courses include Theoretical Grammar, History of Language and Literature, Ethnography, Geography, and History of China.

The Department of Chinese Philology long served as a scholarly and teaching base for emerging fields of study in Oriental linguistics and literary studies, which subsequently often gave rise to independent departments at the FAAS. The most recent has been the Department of Korean and South-Eastern Philology opened in 2011.

Prof. A. G. Storozhuk has headed the Department of Chinese Philology since September 2011.

On 13 December 1993, with support from the General Consulate of the Chinese People’s Republic, the St. Petersburg Center for Chinese Language was established, which forms part of our Department. This has contributed to the development of extensive international ties at the Department. The General Consulate has donated a vast collection of valuable books, which has helped enhance Chinese language teaching.

Under the guidance of Education Department at the General Consulate of China, from 2004 the Center for Chinese Language annually conducted the Chinese Language Test (HSK— 汉语水平考试), as well as Chinese Bridge 汉语, a regional student competition. Following the establishment in 2005 of the Confucius Institute (in operation from 2007), the staff of the Department have taken an active part in its organization and work, while the HSK examination and the Chinese Bridge competition have been conducted under the aegis of the Confucius Institute.

Staff dynamics at the Department are largely determined by the working conditions in tertiary education and social provision in the country. The Department, however, has been able, through involving researchers in the teaching process, to widen the circle of teaching staff working with students and achieve a balanced age structure of the faculty. Gradual rejuvenation of faculty has been a strategic goal for many years, which is why preparing new staff through postgraduate programs as well as shaping perspectives for young teachers has become a priority and will remain so in future.

The Department will continue to create a comfortable environment for teachers and researchers, increase qualification levels, and publish monographs concerned with the analysis of pressing issues in Asian and African Studies and exploring little- or underresearched topics.

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