Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber

by Liu Zaifu

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface 1

Preface 2

Translator’s Note


Part 1. Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber

Introductory Notes

Section 1 (written between 1995 and 2004)

Section 2 (written in 2005)


Part 2. Comments on Dream of the Red Chamber

The Eternal Value of Dream of the Red Chamber

1. A Spiritual Beacon for Humankind

2. The Universe in Dream of the Red Chamber—Wang Guowei’s Discovery

3. A Tragedy, and a Novel of Absurdity As Well—A Supplement to Wang

Guowei’s View on Dream of the Red Chamber

4. Creation of Poetic Lives

5. Artistic Harmony Between a High Vantage Point and a Low Profile

6. An Eastern Epic with an Implicit Vision

Repentance in Dream of the Red Chamber

1. Tragedy and the Relationships of Complicity

2. The Character and Soul of a Penitent

3. The Implications of the “Debt of Tears”

4. A Remarkable Confession

The Transcendental Viewpoint in Dream of the Red Chamber


Part 3. Discussions on Dream of the Red Chamber

A Discussion on Priggishness

Jia Yucun’s Mentality

Jia Huan in Charge

Jia Huan’s Groundless Hatred for Adamantina

The Discontinuation of the Jia Family Line

The Two Sisters Sunset and Rainbow

Jia Dairu’s Comments on When to Write Poems

Jia Yuanchun’s Remarks About Not Writing Poems of Praise

I Liked the Maidservant Simple the Most

Wang Xifeng’s Three Talents

After the Naiad’s House Is Haunted

Jia She’s View on Book Learning

A Brief Discussion on Jia Zheng


Postscript

Appendix

A Discussion of the Philosophy in Dream of the Red Chamber


 

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