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Approaches to Teaching The Story of the Stone (Dream of the Red Chamber)

Editor(s): Andrew Schonebaum, Tina Lu

Pages: xi & 515 pp.
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9781603291101 (cloth)
ISBN: 9781603291118 (paperback)

“A truly instructive volume of diverse studies on a range of subjects that does justice to the novel’s own representational diversity and plenitude of culture.”
Anthony C. Yu, University of Chicago

The Story of the Stone (or Dream of the Red Chamber), a Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin and continued by Gao E, tells of an amazing garden, of a young man’s choice between two beautiful women, of his journey toward enlightenment, and of the moral and financial decline of a powerful family. Published in 1792, it depicts virtually every facet of life in eighteenth-century China—and has influenced culture in China ever since.

Part 1 of this volume, “Materials,” provides information and resources that will help teachers and students begin and pursue their study of Stone. The essays that constitute part 2, “Approaches,” introduce major topics to be covered in the classroom: Chinese religion, medicine, history, traditions of poetry, material culture, sexual mores, servants, Stone in film and on television, and the formidable challenges of translation into English that were faced by David Hawkes and then by John Minford.

Maram Epstein
Mary Ellen Friends
Charlotte Furth
Martin Huang
Ling Hon Lam
Dore J. Levy
Christopher Lupke
Keith McMahon
Tobie Meyer-Fong
James A. Millward
John Minford
Susan Naquin
Ni Yibin
Evelyn S. Rawski
Haun Saussy
Mary Scott
Meir Shahar
Shang Wei
Matthew H. Sommer
Xiaojue Wang
I-Hsien Wu
Xueping Zhong

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