The Development of Individual Consciousness and Chinese Classical Novel: from Sidaquishu to Hongloumeng

  • Author: Hyoungseob Choi
  • Publication Date: May / 2014
  • Publisher: SNUPRESS

With the keywords “Change in Perception towards Individuals,” this book analyzes and studies the transformation in 16th-18th century Chinese novels: Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Margin, Journey to the West, Four Great Classical Novels of The Golden Lotus, and Dream of the Red Chamber. The question of “How does Chinese society perceive the individual and in what conditions or situations does individual consciousness manifest itself the most?” is a fundamental aspect to consider when understanding the peculiar characteristics of East Asian society. In this book, the focus is set on the transformation of perceptions towards the individual and offers an original viewpoint and analysis on 16th-18th century Chinese novels.