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Ben Wang on The Story of the Stone

August 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The 18th-century novel The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin is a bildungsroman, a tale of a battle between the flesh and the spirit, a mixture of mysticism, romanticism, realism and fatalism, a record of Taoist-Buddhist disenchantment and enlightenment, and a critique of a society abiding by the rules of Confucianism, and a novel of social commentary. It is a literary cri de coeur both celebrating the golden, languorous days of youth and lamenting the inevitability of their passing, and the pain and suffering all humans are doomed to endure – an eternal theme in literature. (Stone is the first important novel in Chinese literature with dark endings for almost all the main characters, and in which the hero and his beloved not living happily ever after.) It is a book of manners and observations, chronicling in meticulous details the glory and decay of an aristocratic family and the roots of this glory and decay in the social and historical confines of the early 18th century China during the last great flowering of the Chinese culture.

At this lecture, Mr. Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer at China Institute and Co-Chair of the Renwen Society, will focus his talk on the clarification, or de-mystification, of the two topics that were seldom, if ever, discussed or studied in the past. They are: 1. The chronological order in which the story of Stone is played out, and 2. The order in which the 12 ladies, heroines of the story, appear in the poems and rebuses that both describe subtly and enigmatically their respective lives and foretell their different but equally fatal and tragic endings.

Free, but advanced registration is requested.

《红楼梦》为中国文学史上最伟大、影响最为深远广大的一部绝作,也可称是集中国文化中诗歌、散文、艺术等各家各体于大成的奇书。因此在以往的几百年中,以红楼为题的讲座和论述多不胜数,似乎有关红楼梦的题目,都已经被学者文人阐述或成文介绍过,以至如今对于红楼梦,无论是写作或是讲座,都具有颇大的挑战性。

纽约华美人文学会多年前曾经邀请本会共同主席汪班先生以《鹤影花魂》为题介绍红楼诗词,深刻动人,广受听众欢迎。汪先生在以往30年内多次以英文教授红楼梦前八十回。2017年还曾在华美人文学会与白先勇先生对谈《红楼梦》,吸引听众逾百人。

华美人文学会于八月二十八日(周六)晚上8时至9时半再度邀请汪班先生以“红楼叩环”为题再谈《红楼梦》。所讲内容分为两部分,一部分为鮮有人讨论的红楼梦基本结构,一部分为曹雪芹安排十二金钗的巧思与妙笔,并分别定名為《理清红楼脉络》与《金钗正册排名》。敬请对红楼梦有兴趣人士,届时观聆汪氏独到见解为幸。

汪班,江苏灌云人,台湾淡学江文理学院外文系士,美国西东大学(Seton Hall University)文学硕士。自1969年先后执教于哥伦比亚大学、纽约大学、佩斯大学、纽约市立大学、联合国、华美协进社等校,讲授中国古典文学、戏剧、美术、语文等课程,包括诗经、楚辞、汉乐府、唐宋诗词、元曲、明昆曲、小说《金瓶梅》与 《红楼梦》、中国文人画、昆曲、京剧以及书法等古典文化专题。历年应邀于美国著名大学与文化艺术机构作有关中国文学、戏剧、绘画等专题讲座数十次。

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August 28
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