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  • Daoist Philosophy and Literati Writings in Late Imperial China

Daoist Philosophy and Literati Writings in Late Imperial China

A Case Study of The Story of the Stone

Zuyan Zhou


English , 2013/05 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Daoism, Philosophy

229 x 152 mm , 330pp ISBN : 978-962-996-497-9

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This volume first explores the transformation of Chinese Daoism in late imperial period through the writings of prominent literati scholars of the period. 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. The author demonstrates in an insightful manner the central position of Daoist philosophy both in the ideological structure of the Stone and the literati culture that spawns it.

Zuyan Zhou is a professor of Chinese and comparative literature at Hofstra University, USA. His most recent major publication is Androgyny in Late Ming and Early Qing Literature (University of Hawai'i Press, 2003). He has published in a variety of American and international journals and translated several English novels and works on literary criticisms into Chinese.

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