#ReadingTheStone participants have been sharing wonderful external resources. This is an ever-evolving list of general interest material with no attempt at scholarly bibliographic control or mastery (i.e. don’t use this as your HLM Generals list). And please do feel free to share links for us – including your own work! – to grow this resources page for general readers of The Stone.
CHARACTER LISTS and PRONUNCIATION GUIDES
GENERAL REFERENCE (BOOKS, ARTICLES)
PODCASTS and LECTURES
TRANSLATING THE STONE
Not aiming at a full list but rather noting the translation editions that participants have mentioned that they are reading.
The Dream of the Red Chamber. by Tsao Hsueh-Chin and Kao Ngoh. Translated and Adapted by Chi-Chen Wang, with a Preface by Arthur Waley (1929, English, abridged; 1958, 60-chapter expanded version)
The Story of The Stone (5 vols.), translated by David Hawkes and John Minford (1974-86, English)
A Dream of Red Mansions (3 vols). translated by Hsien-i Yang and Gladys Yang (1978-80, English)
Sueño en el pabellón rojo (2 vols). Translated into Spanish by Zhao Zhenjiang and José Antonio García Sánchez (2018)
Dream of the Red Chamber (2 vols).Translated into Hebrew from the Chinese by Andrew Plaks and Amira Katz (2018-21)
De Droom van de Rode Kamer. (4 vols). Translated into Dutch by Silvia Marijnissen, Mark Leenhouts and Anne Sytske Keijser (2021).
MULTIMEDIA / ADAPTATIONS
(face it- there’s never going to be a handsomer Baoyu than Brigitte Lin -e)
(And I acknowledge that many feel about Chen Xiaoxu’s Lin Daiyu in the 1987 epic HLM adaptation the same way people think of Colin Firth as Darcy – that there can be no other. Also, the actor’s early death from cancer, shortly after becoming a Buddhist nun, solidifies her tragic Daiyu aura.)
In June 2022, the San Francisco Opera will be staging a revival of Dream of the Red Chamber, an original opera by Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang. Prof. Ann Waltner has a section in her e-book with interviews with the creators, a review, and more info on the 2016 world premiere: https://open.lib.umn.edu/redchamber/chapter/world-premiere/