A close reading and analysis of Romance of the West Chamber (Xi xiang Ji) by Wang Shifu

A close reading and analysis of Romance of the West Chamber (Xi xiang Ji) by Wang Shifu.You are welcome to frame your analysis from a variety of possible angles (literary, cultural, social, political, etc.). To the point possible, present an argument original with you rather than just restating relevant scholarship. However, in order to deepen your perspective on the play, make use of at least one secondary source.
Length: No less than 8 pages exclusive of bibliography.
Language: If you quote from the Chinese text and/or use Chinese terms, please make sure that you translate it into English (this is standard practice in academic writing in English).
Format: Double-spaced. Preferred font 12 point Times New Roman. 1 inch margin. Paginate. Supply a title and a separate title page with identifying information. Provide a separate bibliography. All citation formats are acceptable as long as they are standardized and consistent (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style, Modern Language Association format, etc.). For advice on citation format, see the OSU University Library website.
Secondary scholarship: Use at least one secondary source. It is imperative that you credit ALL sources whose ideas are reflected in your discussion, regardless of whether they are in Chinese, English, or any other language. You also need to credit sources irrespective of what medium they have appeared in (print, online, etc). Failure to properly credit sources might result in a failing grade and other administrative proceedings.
Criteria: Care of presentation; adequate expression; flow and structure; use of secondary scholarship to aid in formulation of problem and argumentation; use of evidence to support argument; insightfulness and persuasiveness of argument. In other words, write a thoughtful, original, and well-phrased paper consisting of a major hypothesis presented in an introduction with reference to other scholarship, a discussion with evidence adduced in support of the major line of argumentation, and a conclusion pointing to future research. In short, choose a circumscribed, well-defined, and interesting research question and explore it through your own analysis in whatever disciplinary framework you feel most confident.