Rereading the Stone is a weekly discussion of historical Chinese literature, philosophy, and poetry, currently focusing on the Qing dynastic Classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong lou meng 紅樓夢) also known as Story of the Stone (Shitou ji 石頭記).
Ep. 69: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 33 part 1/2
An actor, the female impersonator Jiang Yuhan, has exited the Prince of Zhongshun’s stage, his gifted sash contradicting Baoyu’s claims of ignorance. Which path of fate is being depicted, and why must extreme violence befall Baoyu?
Ep. 68: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 32 part 2/2
The death of Golden 金釧! Who is at fault for her premature demise? Is there any agency in, and meaning to one’s actions, when symbols prefigure, and fate seems fixed?
Ep 67: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢 chapter 32 part 1/2
Xiangyun 湘雲 is here, and she comes bearing gifts and opinions. What’s the meaning of a gift? Do duplicates double in value? For Baoyu, is the value of linen dependent upon the familiarity of the hand crafting it? And what’s the use in a message that reaches the wrong recipient?
Ep 66: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢 chapter 31 part 2/2
A short Xiangyun 湘雲 episode! We attempt to decipher her thoughts on yinyang 陰陽 philosophy and how it relates to her relationship with her maid Kingfisher 翠縷. The metaphysics of golden qilin 麒麟 in Dream of the Red Chamber/ Story of the Stone (紅樓夢, 红楼梦) are also briefly addressed.
Ep. 65: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 31 part 1/2
What are the ethics of using an object? Is it immoral to break something just for the sound of it? What social, political, and economic sacrifices are justified, when performed for those closest? DISCLAIMER: no fans were hurt in the recording of this episode.
Ep. 64: Rereading Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, Chapter 30 part 2/2
What meaning could reside in a hairpin? When is a hairpin a pen, and which character is being written? Would a false Xi Shi 西施 dream of real roses? Part 2 of our discussion of Chapter 30 of "Dream of the Red Chamber" Hong lou meng 紅樓夢, "Story of the Stone" (石頭記).
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I've been looking for a detailed summary + discussion of Hong lou meng for a while. I'm happy to find this high quality production. Love the character analysis and cultural background explanation.
I enjoyed this opportunity to learn more about Chinese literature, culture and history. Enjoy the rapport between Kevin and William.