Friday, 07 February, 2014
The key document which portrays the transition from childhood to adulthood in eighteenth century China is the novel Dream of the Red Chamber (also translated as Story of the Stone). In this talk, Ann Waltner will put the novel into conversation with a series of imperially produced illustrations of peasant life - the "Illustrations of Spinning and Waving" ("Gengzhi tu"), which is both an idealized representation of peasant life and a work of political propaganda. The talk will look at labor (and idleness) and lifecycle as portrayed in these contemporary, yet very different, texts.
Ann Waltner is Professor of History and director of the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. Her most recent book was "Family: A World History", written together with Mary Jo Baynes and published by Oxford University in 2012.
Sponsored by the University of Tennessee Departments of History and Religious Studies, the Asian Studies Program, and the Confucius Institute.