Connecting Natural & Human Worlds

Saturday, November 7, 2020 to Tuesday, December 1, 2020

 IntroStudent Videos

Connecting Natural and Human Worlds through Smith’s Mum Show and the Dream of the Red Chamber

In this project, students in Professor Sujane Wu’s EAL 231 The Culture of the Lyric in Traditional China, connect the natural world with human imagination through chrysanthemums, a signature flower for the autumn season in Chinese culture and literature. Through the production of short videos, they analyze how the combination of mythical, philosophical, and cultural tradition shapes and reshapes the creation and interpretation of lyric expression, and in turn, how these poems influence and transform the philosophical and cultural tradition.

Sujane Wu teaches courses on classical Chinese literature, culture and all levels of Mandarin Chinese language. Her literature and culture courses include The Culture of the Lyric in Traditional China, Chinese Poetry and the Other Arts, Chinese Travel Writing, and a colloquium Revising the Past in Chinese Literature and Film. She also teaches a seminar on the most famous Chinese vernacular novel, The Story of the Stone (a.k.a. the Dream of the Red Chamber [Honglou meng]).