In the Shadows of Grandeur: Unearthing the “Little People” and Hidden Narratives in the Story of the Stone


January 27, 2024
8:00 - 9:30 PM EST

On November 15th, 2023, CCTV of China launched an illuminating lecture series titled “Little People in the Story of the Stone,” featuring Prof. Tian Chongxue as the distinguished speaker, drawing insights from his book “A Close Examination of Peripheral Characters in the Story of the Stone.” With decades of dedicated scholarship devoted to the rich tapestry of this Chinese classic, Prof. Tian embarks on an exploration centered around 23 peripheral characters. Through this lens, he unveils the intricacies of the Story of the Stone, meticulously mapping the individual emotional odysseys and destinies of these “little people.” In doing so, he masterfully reconstructs the poetic ambiance, emotional depths, and spiritual nuances embedded within this timeless classic.

Fast forward to January 27, 2024, when Prof. Tian will grace the Renwen Society as the esteemed guest speaker. During this session, he will narrate the captivating stories of these peripheral characters and delve into their indispensable roles within the grand narrative of the Story of the Stone.




China Institute’s cultural programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Tian Chongxue 田崇雪

As a distinguished scholar affiliated with the College of Literature at Jiangsu Normal University, Prof. Tian boasts a wealth of academic prowess, marked by prestigious accolades such as the third prize of the 3rd China Federation of Literary and Art Criticism Award and the second prize of the 8th China TV Golden Eagle Festival TV Art Criticism Award. Adding to his illustrious career, he has served as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University and authored numerous literary works. Prof. Tian has also made significant contributions to the creation of various TV feature films, dramas, and essays, showcasing his multifaceted expertise in the realm of literature and the arts.


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