Books about the world of the Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone)
November 16, 2011 2:46 PM Subscribe
I'd like to re-read the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber
(The Story of the Stone
), but I'd like to know more about the world it's set in first. What are some recommendations for books about daily life and clothing during the Qing dynasty, particularly during the 1700s?
I'm interested in everything that's a part of the characters' lives: food, architecture, education, family structure, poetry and literature, gender relations, court life and so on. I'm especially interested in what their clothes and jewelry would have been like.
What I'm hoping for is a book similar to Ivan Morris' The World Of The Shining Prince, which pulled together information about Heian-period economics, daily life, education, religion, art and so on to provide context to Japanese literature from that time such as The Tale of Genji. My ideal book would give background for the world of the Jia family in the same way. I'm certainly open to multiple books, though.