EAS397 LECTURE 2
• Missionaries, global trade- lots of change and trade across the world especially in silver and
• Assignment as rather skeletal form of paper (start getting quotes)
• Quiz next week on readings
• Discussion material- What conclusions can we draw to these pieces? What kind of world did he
live in and how did we know? How can we know what he was thinking about?
-strong social heiarchy and class division (evidenced by the story teller, different boats in the 15 night,
crab parties, rice provided from a certain area)
-exuberance and high art/ culture only enjoyed by those at the top- tea as elite culture?
-prose as dreamy, reminiscence style- reminiscence of the Ming’s power/ and decline?
-quantified amounts of money spent on this lifestyle- implicit saying to the Ming reader of Zhang Dai’s
Class Discussion Topics:
-Zhang Dai as crazy, unrestrained
-lives the world as his own, not inhibited
-prose describing temporal movement (e.g day to night), but also different places
-always meeting new people
-passion driven by curiosity
-always in touch with tradition
-the importance of servants (social class?)
-an observant man? Views the world, and people
-knowledge is valued and used to communicate & entertain
-doesn’t mix well with other classes- different kind of distance in which he