From 24 January to 26 July, the three-day Sino-US Forum on Dream of Red Mansions was held in Suiyuan Campus Building of Nanjing Normal University.A number of experts and scholars from home and abroad attended and made brilliant reports on the related fields of Dream of Red Mansions.They are: President of Jiangsu Red Chamber Dream Society, Vice Dean of Nanjing University College of Literature, Professor Miao Huaiming, Vice Dean of Southeast University College of Humanities, Professor Qiao Guanghui of Chinese Department, Professor Li Wei of Nanjing Normal University College of Literature, Professor Ma Juan-chin of Nanjing Normal University College of Literature, Assistant Professor Deng Xiaodong, Director of Ancient Literature Department of Nanjing Normal University of Literature, and Associate ProfessorSun Jinai, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern and Contemporary Language and Literature, and Stuart Keith Patterson, Chairman of Shimer Great Books School, Visiting Associate Professor, North Central University, USA.The forum was chaired by Ge Henggang, associate professor of the School of Literature, Nanjing Normal University.
The forum was sponsored by the Center for Ancient Literature Research, Nanjing Normal University, and sponsored by the Department of Ancient Literature, School of Literature, Nanjing Normal University. It was held in three sessions on the morning of July 24, 25 and 26, respectively.
In the first session of the forum, Ge Henggang, an associate professor of the School of Literature of Nanjing Normal University, first introduced the origin of Dream of Red Mansions with Nanjing and Suiyuan Campus of Nanjing Normal University, and then discussed the differences in teaching between China and the United States on Dream of Red Mansions.Among them, Sun Jinai, an assistant professor in the Department of Ancient and Contemporary Language and Literature, and Stuart Keith Patterson, a visiting associate professor and chairman of Shimer Great Books School, introduced the development of the teaching of Dream of Red Mansions in the United States.
The second forum was chaired by Ge Henggang, an associate professor at the School of Literature, Nanjing Normal University. The two sides conducted in-depth discussions on the related topics of A Dream of Red Mansions from different fields.During the seminar, Professor Miao Huaiming, President of Jiangsu Research Association on Dream of Red Mansions, Vice-President of Chinese Popular Literature Research Association and Vice-President of the School of Literature of Nanjing University, first traced back and elaborated the relationship between Dream of Red Mansions and Nanjing, from the ancient buildings that are still being preserved and continuously renovated in Jiangning Weaving Museum and Red Mansion Art and Literature Academy, as well as the development of modern society in Nanjing.In two aspects, the author discusses the long-standing relationship between Nanjing and A Dream of Red Mansions.Professor Miao believes that the best way to read A Dream of Red Mansions is to come to Nanjing.Professor Qiao Guanghui, deputy dean of the School of Literature of Southeast University, started from the relationship between Dream of Red Mansions and images, and shared his exploration and experience in the study of images in Dream of Red Mansions with you, showing his brand-new study of novel and opera imagery.Professor Qiao pointed out that the way of describing people by means of flowers and commenting on novel characters by means of opera prose in the image documents and illustrations of A Dream of Red Mansions is another special method besides the traditional way of commenting on novel such as poetry and commentary, which embodies the different understandings of the illustration authors of A Dream of Red Mansions.
Professor Ma Juancheng, School of Literature, Nanjing Normal University, shared her experience in reading A Dream of Red Mansions.Professor Ma pointed out that the designers and builders of Grand View Garden were men representing the feudal patriarchal forces, while the inhabitants of Grand View Garden were naive and sentimental girls. The design of Grand View Garden contained three thoughts of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, and paid attention to the integration with nature. After the completion of the Grand View Garden, both Yuan Chun and Jia Zheng sighed that it was too luxurious.Accordingly, Professor Ma raised a philosophical question: Is the ideal distinct from the polluted society, or is it based on the mundane society?Subsequently, Sun Jinai, an assistant professor in the Department of Ancient and Contemporary Language and Literature of North-Central University, shared with you the exploration of Chinese classics such as A Dream of Red Mansions and A Journey to the West in the Chinese classroom teaching of American universities, demonstrated the achievements and experiences in the teaching process, and pointed out that American students'learning of Chinese is not only the acquisition of language, but also the learning of content and culture.
Stuart Keith Patterson, a visiting associate professor at North Central University and chairman of Shimer Great Books School, expounds the different characteristics of Chinese classical fiction and Western fiction, introduces the "dialogue teaching" often used in the reading class of Western literature, and quotes Bakhtin's evaluation of Don Quixote to refine the daily language of A Dream of Red Mansions and put it into literary writing.The way of doing it is highly appreciated.Finally, Li Wei, Ph.D. supervisor and professor of modern literature at the School of Literature, Nanjing Normal University, expressed his views on the relationship between A Dream of Red Mansions and modern literature. In view of the previous views of Professor Stuart Keith Patterson on fiction and great works, he put forward different opinions and had a heated discussion with Professor Stuart Keith Patterson.
In view of the speeches and discussions made by Chinese and American scholars, Ge Henggang, associate professor of the School of Literature, Nanjing Normal University, made a summary.Professor Ge is pleased that more and more students in the United States are beginning to read classical works of ancient China represented by A Dream of Red Mansions and are constantly interested in them, because this means that communication between the two cultures will be easier and smoother.Professor Ge said that in the continuous cultural exchanges between the two sides, the obstacles and misunderstandings between them will always be solved.In this sense, the classical works represented by A Dream of Red Mansions can surely become a bridge of cultural communication between China and the United States.
Feng Kaiqi, an undergraduate majoring in Chinese Language and Literature, Nanjing Normal University, presided over the third forum.In this forum, the student representatives of China and the United States freely discussed in a warm and relaxed atmosphere, and published their views on the study of A Dream of Red Mansions.Aiden Charles Schadt, an undergraduate in International Business and Marketing at North Central University in the United States, takes Jia Mu and Wang Xifeng as examples to analyze their different ways of managing Jia Fu, focusing on the Chinese philosophy and management philosophy reflected in A Dream of Red Mansions.Andrea Kim Du, an undergraduate in elementary education and literature at North-Central University, shared his reading experience in different historical backgrounds around "Baoyu being beaten", and discussed the development of modern education with reference to the traditional education in A Dream of Red Mansions.Sophie Dale Juhlin, an undergraduate of literature and art at North Central University, discussed the poems of A Dream of Red Mansions with our students, and considered the use of "poems" and "flowers" in the sentence "the soul of poems buried in the cold moon".Juliet C. Mathey, an undergraduate in environmental studies at North-Central University in the United States, analyzed the prototype of "Grand View Garden" architecture and expressed the expectation of appreciating more Chinese gardens and understanding the idea of landscape architecture.Subsequently, Liu Jiajia, Shi Yinan, Feng Yiqi and Li Yongbiao, undergraduates of Chinese Language and Literature (Normal University) in Nanjing Normal University, presented their views on practical education, teaching methods, research methods and music score of A Dream of Red Mansions respectively.
During the forum, the student representatives of Nanjing Normal University did not fear the high temperature. They led the American teachers and students to visit the famous historical and cultural sites such as Jiangning Weaving Museum, Confucius Temple and Nanjing Museum. They also visited the historical relics closely related to A Dream of Red Mansions in Nanjing on the spot, and realized the close connection between Jinling and A Dream of Red Mansions.
The holding of this forum has not only established a platform for the academic circles of China and the United States to exchange research on Dream of Red Mansions, but also created an opportunity for postgraduates and undergraduates to communicate with foreign scholars. It will undoubtedly play an important role in promoting the dialogue and exchange between Chinese and American scholars and expanding students'academic horizons.It promotes cultural exchanges between China and the United States, and also promotes the dissemination of excellent traditional Chinese culture.