Living Inside the Great Mansions: Exploring Women’s Stories of 18th Century China

Dr. Isabella Jackson, Miss Xun Liu & Miss Siyi Du

An ‘in-conversation’ with Dr. Isabella Jackson, School of Histories and Humanities, and Miss Xun Liu, Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, as part of the Women’s Stories series, a collaboration between Near FM Community Radio and the Trinity Long Room Hub.

This talk looks at women’s lives in 18th century China, based on the Chinese classical novel, The Dream of the Red Chambers. We focus mainly on women’s lives inside the great mansion dating back to 18th century China, including both the aristocratic class and the servants in the household. Through both literature and historical records, the speakers will introduce women’s social role, education, marriage and moral issues. Dr. Isabella Jackson and Miss Xun Liu offer dynamic perspectives on women’s lives in 18th century China to the audience and share their knowledge of history and literature. Extracts from the novel are read by Ms Siyi Du, PhD Candidate in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin.

All episodes in the Women’s Stories series are available here

Made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.