2015-2016 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
The Concept of Qing in Honglou meng, its lineage to the late-Ming sensitivity and emotion communion between Cao Xueqin and Zhiyan zhai
Ms Yiu Chun Lam 姚春琳女士
Date and Time: February 26, 2016 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Despite its indispensability for deciphering the novel, Honglou meng, the concept of qing remains somewhat recondite. Among the scholarly attempts to unravel the treatment of the concept in the novel, little consensus has been reached. I believe the ambiguity of the concept lies in part in the evolution of its connotations, as well as the emergence of new interpretations throughout history, particularly in the cult of qing in late Ming; in part in the personal emotions and experiences of the author, Cao Xueqin (1715-1763?), his frustration as a failure in, his nostalgia for bygone days and his disillusionment with life. Hence this seminar will centre on the historical development of the concept of qing, as well as other aspects of qing revealed in the Zhiyan zhai commentaries.
ALL ARE WELCOME!