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Collecting the Self: Body and Identity in Strange Tale Collections of Late Imperial China
     

Collecting the Self: Body and Identity in Strange Tale Collections of Late Imperial China

by Sing-chen Lydia Chiang
 

Chinese strange tale collections contain short stories about ghosts and animal spirits, supra-human heroes and freaks, exotic lands and haunted homes, earthquake and floods, and other perceived “anomalies” to accepted cosmic and social norms. As such, this body of literature is a rich repository of Chinese myths, folklore, and unofficial

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Chinese strange tale collections contain short stories about ghosts and animal spirits, supra-human heroes and freaks, exotic lands and haunted homes, earthquake and floods, and other perceived “anomalies” to accepted cosmic and social norms. As such, this body of literature is a rich repository of Chinese myths, folklore, and unofficial “histories”. These collections also reflect Chinese attitudes towards normalcy and strangeness, perceptions of civilization and barbarism, and fantasies about self and other. Inspired in part by Freud’s theory of the uncanny, this book explores the emotive subtexts of late imperial strange tale collections to consider what these stories tell us about suppressed cultural anxieties, the construction of gender, and authorial self-identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004142039
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/30/2004
Series:
Sinica Leidensia Series , #67
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.62(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Sing-chen Lydia Chiang, Ph.D. (1997) in Chinese, Stanford University, is Assistant Professor of Chinese at Tufts University.

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