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Wang Guowei, as quoted in Lin Yutang's appreciation of "The Red Chamber Dream", Renditions (Spring 1974), p. The names of some characters sound like the words for their personality traits, and some names serve as allusions. Hu and his students, Gu Jiegang and Yu Pingbo, first established that Cao Xueqin was the work's author.

The 1932 German translation by Franz Kuhn [57] was the basis of an abridged version, The Dream of the Red Chamber, by Florence and Isabel McHugh published in 1958, [58] and a later French version.It is still debated whether Gao and Cheng composed these chapters themselves and the extent to which they did or did not represent Cao's intentions. A branch of Redology, known as tànyì xué ( 探佚學), is focused on recovering the lost manuscript ending, based on the commentators' annotations in the Rouge versions, as well as the internal foreshadowings in the earlier 80 chapters. Yet this light banter about the trivial adventures of the previous night led to more serious discussions of those hidden, scarcely admitted desires which are apt to raise dark and perilous storms in even the purest, most transparent soul; and they talked about those secret regions for which they hardly felt any longing, yet towards which the irrational winds of fate might one day drive them, if only in their dreams. Orphaned in infancy, she grows up under her wealthy paternal uncle and aunt who treats her unkindly.

Again and again, he tries to cast himself in the role of hero of his own narrative – “ I feel that I have found my destiny“, he announces to the masked guests at the party, “ and I want to tell you my name, to remove my mask and to take all the consequences on myself” – but again and again, he’s denied any understanding or agency of his situation.It is suggested that the novel is both a realistic reflection and a fictional or "dream" version of Cao's own family. During the Cultural Revolution, the novel initially came under fire, though it quickly regained its prestige in the following years.

Cao Xueqin idealizes qing and raises its transcendent dimension to an almost metaphysical level; in doing so he also emphasizes lyrical self-containment, the power of the mind to dream and imagine a world, and the conception of the romantic-aesthetic as an alternate sphere of existence. Joey Bonner, "Yü P'ing-Po and the Literary Dimension of the Controversy over Hung Lou Meng," The China Quarterly 67 (1976): 546–581 doi: 10. Davies, tells how through a simple sexual admission a husband and wife are driven apart into rival worlds of erotic revenge. He visits Marianne, confident that she will be pleased to see him, but she is cold and unresponsive. Fridolin, a doctor, and his wife, Albertine, have been married for a few years and are the parents of a much adored little girl.

In 1981, Jiangsu Song and Dance Ensemble premiered a dance drama version of Dream of the Red Chamber.

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