Comparative Journeys: Essays on Literature and Religion East and West [NOOK Book]

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Throughout his academic career, Anthony C. Yu has employed a comparative approach to literary analysis that pays careful attention to the religious and philosophical elements of Chinese and Western texts. His mastery of both canons remains unmatched in the field, and his immense knowledge of the contexts that gave rise to each tradition supplies the foundations for ideal comparative scholarship.

In these essays, Yu explores the overlap between literature and religion in Chinese...

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Throughout his academic career, Anthony C. Yu has employed a comparative approach to literary analysis that pays careful attention to the religious and philosophical elements of Chinese and Western texts. His mastery of both canons remains unmatched in the field, and his immense knowledge of the contexts that gave rise to each tradition supplies the foundations for ideal comparative scholarship.

In these essays, Yu explores the overlap between literature and religion in Chinese and Western literature. He opens with a principal method for relating texts to religion and follows with several essays that apply this approach to single texts in discrete traditions: the Greek religion in Prometheus; Christian theology in Milton; ancient Chinese philosophical thought in Laozi; and Chinese religious syncretism in The Journey to the West.

Yu's essays juxtapose Chinese and Western texts& mdash; Cratylus next to Xunzi, for example& mdash;and discuss their relationship to language and subjects, such as liberal Greek education against general education in China. He compares a specific Western text and religion to a specific Chinese text and religion. He considers the Divina Commedia in the context of Catholic theology alongside The Journey to the West as it relates to Chinese syncretism, united by the theme of pilgrimage. Yet Yu's focus isn't entirely tied to the classics. He also considers the struggle for human rights in China and how this topic relates to ancient Chinese social thought and modern notions of rights in the West.

"In virtually every high-cultural system," Yu writes, "be it the Indic, the Islamic, the Sino-Japanese, or the Judeo& mdash;Christian, the literary tradition has developed in intimate& mdash;indeed, often intertwining-relation to religious thought, practice, institution, and symbolism." Comparative Journeys is a major step toward unraveling this complexity, revealing through the skilled observation of texts the extraordinary intimacy between two supposedly disparate languages and cultures.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Religion - Zhang Longxi

This collection of essays is highly recommended to anyone interested in understanding China and its rich cultural legacies.

Journal of American Academy of Religion - Karen L. Thornber

The essays cover an impressive range of material, recapping Yu's long-term achievements as a leading scholar of religion and literature.

China Review International - Marianna Benetatou

An original and pioneering work, it not only alerts the reader to unsuspected correlations between cultures but also, perhaps most important, outlines almost allegorically the dynamics that link the past and the present to the future.

Journal of Religion
This collection of essays is highly recommended to anyone interested in understanding China and its rich cultural legacies.

— Zhang Longxi

Journal of American Academy of Religion
The essays cover an impressive range of material, recapping Yu's long-term achievements as a leading scholar of religion and literature.

— Karen L. Thornber

China Review International
An original and pioneering work, it not only alerts the reader to unsuspected correlations between cultures but also, perhaps most important, outlines almost allegorically the dynamics that link the past and the present to the future.

— Marianna Benetatou

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231512503
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Masters of Chinese Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author


Anthony C. Yu is Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and professor emeritus of religion and literature in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. A native of Hong Kong, He received his doctorate at The University of Chicago and held concurrent faculty appointments in the departments of East Asian languages and civilizations, English, and comparative literature, and on The Committee on Social Thought. Best known for his complete, annotated translation of The Journey to the West, Yu has also published Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in "Dream of the Red Chamber" and State and Religion in China: Historical and Textual Perspectives. A revised, abridged version of The Journey to the West was published in 2006 as The Monkey and the Monk.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Literature and Religion2. New Gods and Old Order: Tragic Theology in Prometheus Bound3. Life in the Garden: Freedom and the Image of God in Paradise Lost4. The Order of Temptations in Paradise Regained: Implications for Christology5. Problems and Prospects in Chinese-Western Literary Relations6. Narrative Structure and the Problem of Chapter Nine in the Xiyouji7. Two Literary Examples of Religious Pilgrimage: The Commedia and The Journey to the West

8. Religion and Literature in China: The "Obscure Way" of The Journey to the West9. The Real Tripitaka Revisited: International Religion and National Politics10. "Rest, Rest, Perturbed Spirit!": Ghosts in Traditional Chinese Prose Fiction11. Cratylus and the Xunzi on Names12. Reading the Daodejing: Ethics and Politics of the Rhetoric13. Altered Accents: A Comparative View of Liberal Education14. Readability: Religion and the Reception of Translation15. Enduring Change: Confucianism and the Prospect of Human Rights16. China and the Problem of Human Rights: Ancient Verities and Modern RealitiesIndex

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