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A page from the 1759 "Jimao manuscript" of the novel.
A collection of commentaries on the Dream of the Red Chamber by Gao Yuetan Gao Yue Tan Xiang Ping Hong Lou Meng 2.jpg
A collection of commentaries on the Dream of the Red Chamber by Gao Yuetan

Redology (simplified Chinese :红学; traditional Chinese :紅學; pinyin :hóng xué) is the academic study of Cao Xueqin's Dream of the Red Chamber , [2] one of the Four Great Classical Novels of China. There are numerous researchers in this field; most can be divided into four general groups. The first group are the commentators, such as Zhou Chun, Xu Fengyi, Chen Yupi, and others. The second group is the index group, which mainly includes Wang Mengruan and Cai Yuanpei. The third group are the textual critics, including Hu Shih and Yu Pingbo. The final group are the literary critics, including Zhou Ruchang and Li Xifan.



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  1. Yu, Anthony C. (2001). Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in Dream of the Red Chamber. Princeton University Press. p. 9. ISBN   0691015619.
  2. Jonathan Spence, The Search for Modern China (New York: Norton, 1990), 106–110. ISBN   0-393-30780-8.
  3. Berry, Margaret (18 October 2010). The Chinese Classic Novels (Routledge Revivals): An Annotated Bibliography of Chiefly English-Language Studies. ISBN   9781136836589.

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