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Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction In Dream of the Red Chamber, Anthony C. Yu, 1997. See Chapter III, "Stone," which connects story, philosophy and novel. "The opening five chapters deftly weave a triple frame (mythic, realistic, narrativistic) wherein to introduce the setting and characters of the tale.." (122).

Men and Women in Qing China : Gender in the Dream of the Red Chamber, Louise P. Edwards, 1994. See chapter V., "Wang Xifeng : Young Women and Power," section one: "The absence of a victim" (pages 68-70) and chapter VI, "Domesticating the Women Warrior : Comparisons with Jinghua yua" (pages 87 - 111).

Steps in Your Research


EA 231: The Chinese Novel: Vignettes of Life in Imperial China


A piece from a series of brush paintings by Qing Dynasty artist Sun Wen (1818–1904), depicting a scene from the novel (source: wikicommons)



Steps in Your Research

  • Read your initial text attentively, considering what information would put the writing in context and give you a fuller understanding of it.
  • Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in
  • Look up background information in the reference materials, e.g., Credo Reference, encyclopedias, atlases and histories, etc.
  • Use terminology and facts learned from background sources to search for articles in periodical databases. 
  • Search for books in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking
  • Leverage the power of the index to navigate within books (Remember to check various translations and Romanizations of Chinese names and titles - Jia / Chia, Pao yu / Bao yu, Cao / Tsao, Chin Ko-ching / Qin Keqing, Hsi-feng / Xifeng, etc.)
  • Use the bibliography in every useful source you find to lead you to more

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  • Use an asterisk as a wild card to cover word variations. E.g., Liter* (for Literature, Literary)
  • Broaden your search by using OR with parentheses. E.g., (Mansions OR Chamber). Results can contain either term.
  • Narrow your search by using AND. E.g., Qing AND novel. Results must contain both terms.
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A scene from the novel, painted by Xu Baozhuan (1810–1873)

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