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The Diet Culture of a Dream of Red Mansion

Author ZhaoMei
Tutor WanRunBao
School Zhejiang University of Technology
Course Ancient Literature
Keywords A Dream of Red Mansion diet culture
CLC I207.411
Type Master's thesis
Year 2007
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A Dream of Red Mansion, the highest model of classic novels,illustrate the rich and expansive social content during Qing dynasty withhis encyclopedical capacity. It has abundant and complex thinking andeternal of culture. From faith to funeral and espouse, from basic necessitiesof life to dialect, it contains every thing in it. My thesis focused on the dietculture and analyzed briefly the description of diet in the book. This paperchose Cheng Weiyuan’book as the copy, and collects all the description ofthe diet. This paper demonstrate from four parts.The first part introduced the abundant diet culture and sum up the dietto three types, fictive, art processed and real existed., mainly presented themilky product, venison, cooking method and diet words of Manchu whichfamily Jia be fond of, confirmed that A Dream of Red Mansion reflectedthe diet culture style of Manchu.The second part illustrated the relationship between the description ofdiet and culteral spirit of the novel.emphasized on diet, the daily activewhich has living significant,to show how the author to built the birth, status,sensation,relationship and character of people in the book.through the description of diet to drive the development of plots. Through thedescription of all kinds of game in banquet to show the talent and imply thefate of people.The third part explained why the description appeared so many timesin A Dream of Red Mansion and point out the cultural background andfamily Cao tradition of the period during Ming and Qing dynasty is thereason that the description appread so many times.The fourth part concluded the author’s cultural attribution todescription of diet., present his talent of"Tefanbufan’"’(a writing techniquewhich means that similar things or persons are described in different ways)and "Antouzhimao"

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