Rereading the Stone

Episode 49 Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 23 part 2/2

July 22, 2021 Kevin Wilson, William Jones Season 1 Episode 49
Rereading the Stone
Episode 49 Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 23 part 2/2
Show Notes

In this episode, we finish our read-through of Baoyu’s seasonal poems, empathizing common themes and images. Meanwhile Baoyu has newly procured scandalous romantic literature and has snuck a few texts into the garden, including the famous Xixiang ji 西廂記 Romance of the Western Chamber. Join us for one of the most iconic moments of Dream of the Red Chamber, Baoyu and Daiyu comparing different methods for taking care of fallen flowers. What undercurrents can be traced? What explosions of love and life are here represented and sublimated?