Class name: 红楼梦 Dream of the Red Chamber
Class limit
: 15
: Ages 6 and up, adults
3:45pm - 4:45pm

Class Description: 

           Dream of the Red Chamber (Honglou Meng) or The Story of the Stone (Shitou Ji) is a classic Chinese novel composed by Cao Xueqin in the middle of the 18th century. It is a masterpiece of Chinese literature, known for its psychological scope, and its observation of the world view, aesthetics, life-styles, and social relations of 18th-century China.

             The intricate strands of its plot depict the rise and decline of a family much like Cao’s own and, by extension, of the dynasty itself. Cao depicts the power of the father over the family, but the novel is intended to be a memorial to the women he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and servants. At a deeper level, the author explores religious and philosophical questions, and the writing style includes echoes of the plays and novels of the late Ming, as well as poetry from earlier periods.

Instructor: Fenglan Zhang

 Fenglan has been teaching Dream of the Red Chamber class at ACLS since 2020 Summer Charity Reading Activity & 2021 Summer Charity Reading Activity also has taught in Chinese schools in Acton since 2009. She is a Individual Tutor:   Math, Science, and Chinese from January 2008 to Present.