Exploration through Literature

A Conversation with Clare Pearson

Photograph of painting depicting a scene from the Chinese classic Journey to the West. The painting shows the four heros of the story, left to right: Sun Wukong, Xuanzang, Zhu Wuneng, and Sha Wujing. The painting is a decoration on the Long Corridor in the Summer Palace in Beijing, China. The photograph was taken by Rolf Müller on April 17, 2005.
Sep 15

About the Event

Join us for a conversation with Clare Pearson exploring the classic Ming Chinese novel, Journey to the West.

Deeply embedded in Chinese culture and the teachings of the “three religions,” Journey is a mythologized form of the historical 17-year walking journey of Tang era Buddhist monk Xuanzang from China to India in search of scriptures. Profoundly comic yet with a serious underpinning, Journey is beloved in China and still inspires operas, video games, and art based on the primary characters.

Our conversation will explore the novel together with its most important cultural contexts.

Who's Speaking

Clare Pearson

Clare Pearson

Basic Program Instructor

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