Approaches to Teaching The Plum in the Golden Vase (The Golden Lotus)
Edited by Andrew Schonebaum
Modern Language Association of America, forthcoming July 2022
The Plum in the Golden Vase (also known as The Golden Lotus) may be the first long work of Chinese fiction written by a single (though anonymous) author. Featuring both complex structural features and psychological and emotional realism, the novel centers on the rich merchant Ximen Qing and his household and describes the physical surroundings and material objects of a Ming dynasty city. The essays in this volume provide ideas for teaching the novel from a variety of approaches, from questions of genre, intertextuality, and the novel’s reception to material culture, family and social dynamics, and power structures in sexual relations.