Wandering Between Two Worlds: The Formative Years of Cao Xueqin 1715-1745

Wandering Between Two Worlds: The Formative Years of Cao Xueqin 1715-1745

by Ronald R. Gray


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433115035
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Series: Asian Thought and Culture Series
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Ronald R. Gray has degrees in philosophy from Brown University and the University of Colorado at Denver. He has published papers on Honglou meng (Dream of the Red Chamber) in Chinese and Western publications; guest co-edited a special 2005 issue of the Tamkang Review devoted to the novel; and is co-editor of Between Noble and Humble: Cao Xueqin and the Dream of the Red Chamber (Peter Lang, 2009) written by the noted Honglou meng scholar Zhou Ruchang. He lived in East Asia for 20 years and taught at universities in China, Japan, and South Korea. Gray currently teaches in the Department of Linguistics at Ohio University.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword by Zhou Ruchang – Introduction: The Problem of the Biographer – «Thanks to Imperial Favor» – The Kangxi Emperor’s Man on the Ground: Cao Yin and Neiwufu – «Dressed in Silks and Delicately Nurtured» – «The Embroidered Jackets Raid» – «Buildings Rich and Elegant, People Lively and Numerous» – «Career Worms» – Reading and Rereadings – «Stirred Feelings Find Expression in Sound» – The Right Wing Imperial Clan School and the Dun Brothers – Participating in the Social World: Poetry, Painting, Music, and Gardens – The Question of Motivation – «No Need for Some Self-Important Being to Commend or Publish It».

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