Saturday, November 7, 2020 to Thursday, December 31, 2020

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

 IntroStudent Videos

Students in 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. For their project, each student selected a poem from "Dream of the Red Chamber", composed by Cao Xueqin. Through the poem and the chrysanthemum of their choice, each student investigates how plant characteristics and growth habit contributes to multiple symbolic meanings in literary works, cultural significance, and philosophical traditions.