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Daoist Philosophy and Literati  Writings in Late Imperial China: A Case Study of "The Story of the Stone"

Daoist Philosophy and Literati Writings in Late Imperial China: A Case Study of "The Story of the Stone"

Zuyan Zhou
Philosophy, Literature
The Chinese University Press
328 pages · 229 x 152 mm
ISBN 978-962-996-497-9
English · 2013

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About the Book

This volume first explores the transformation of Chinese Daoism in late imperial period through the writings of prominent intellectuals of the times. In such a cultural context, it then launches an in-depth investigation into the Daoist dimensions of the Chinese narrative masterpiece, The Story of the Stone—the inscriptions of Quanzhen Daoism in the infrastructure of its religious framework, the ideological ramifications of the Daoist concepts of chaos, purity, and the natural, as well as the Daoist images of the gourd, fish, and bird. Zhou presents the central position of Daoist philosophy both in the ideological structure of the Stone, and the literati culture that engenders it.

 

“This book is urbane, polished, and full of insights [which] warrant its publication as a companion volume to the study of classical Chinese literature.” —Andrew H. Plaks, Princeton University

 

“This monograph offers probing and pioneering scholarship of great merit. . . . Devoted readers will be pleased, surprised, and challenged by [Zhou’s] interpretations, many of which are new, original, and posing serious queries of accepted norms and meanings.” —Anthony C. Yu, The University of Chicago

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s)

Zuyan Zhou is professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at the Hofstra University, USA. His most recent major publication is Androgyny in Late Ming and Early Qing Literature (2003). He has published in a variety of American and international journals, and translated several English novels and literary criticism into Chinese.

 


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