A Golden Year: Four Seasons in Prospect Garden

The Story of the Stone [also known as Dream of the Red Chamber]

Event details

PhD Seminar

Date & time

Monday 26 August 2019


Basham Room (Baldessin Precinct Building)
"Basham Room, Baldessin Building"


Annie Ren


Annie Ren

Are you feeling sick from the notorious Canberra winter? Escape into the world of Prospect Garden, a fictional garden set in the 18th century Chinese classic The Story of the Stone [also known as Dream of the Red Chamber], where winter is spent in a warm room, composing linked-verse and riddles while eating roasted venison. Spring is when celebrations for flower deities take place and a time to bury the fallen blossoms while singing a melancholic song. Summer is when dream and reality merges into one—that play on the stage, was it about their story or ours? And finally comes autumn, the climax of the novel, where the shadow of death quietly looms over the garden…And then what? As the story-teller of old would say: If you wish to know more, please turn to the next chapter or come to my seminar on Monday, 26 August, 10:15 to 11:15 am at Bashan Room, Baldessin Building.

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