Between Noble and Humble

Between Noble and Humble

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altIgBetween Noble and Humble: Cao Xueqin and the Dream of the Red Chamber (a›¹e›oeŠ¹a–da¼n, literally New Biography of Cao Xueqin) is a translation of a scholarly work by the famous mainland Chinese critic Zhou Ruchang. Written for the Western reader, it historicizes the life and times of the Chinese novelist Cao Xueqin (c. 1715-1763) and comprehensively introduces the origins of the novel altIgDream of the Red Chamber (altIgHonglou meng). This translation is unique because it offers the first book-length biography of Cao Xueqin in English. Zhou carefully historicizes the decline of the once illustrious Cao clan, and he demonstrates how Cao Xueqin's own childhood experiences in a wealthy bondservant family during the Qing dynasty profoundly informed the encyclopedic narrative that he would later write. In altIgBetween Noble and Humble, Zhou also offers intriguing and controversial theories about altIgHonglou meng based on decades of careful research, for instance, that the famous commentator Red Inkstone was in fact a female relative of Cao Xueqin.Dun Cheng once wrote an autobiographical essay called aquot;An Idle Persona#39;s Life. ... We talk about everything under the sun, but avoid three topics: politics and governmental matters, noted contemporary figures who wield power, and ghosts.

Title:Between Noble and Humble
Author: Ruchang Zhou, Ronald R. Gray, Mark S. Ferrara
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2009

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