Fictions of Enlightenment: Journey to the West, Tower of Myriad Mirrors, and Dream of the Red Chamber

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"Fictions of Enlightenment is the first book to examine the fascinating and intricate relationship between Buddhism and the development of Chinese vernacular fiction. Qiancheng Li brings Buddhist models to bear on the vision, structure, and narrative form of three classics of late imperial literature - Journey to the West, Tower of Myriad Mirrors, and Dream of the Red Chamber - arguing that by fashioning their plots after the narratives of certain Mahayana sutras, the novelists transformed Buddhist concepts into narrative structures. Within the
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Overview

"Fictions of Enlightenment is the first book to examine the fascinating and intricate relationship between Buddhism and the development of Chinese vernacular fiction. Qiancheng Li brings Buddhist models to bear on the vision, structure, and narrative form of three classics of late imperial literature - Journey to the West, Tower of Myriad Mirrors, and Dream of the Red Chamber - arguing that by fashioning their plots after the narratives of certain Mahayana sutras, the novelists transformed Buddhist concepts into narrative structures. Within the traditional Chinese novel Li even defines a new genre: the fiction of enlightenment." Fictions of Enlightenment will inform and instruct those in the fields of Buddhist studies: Chinese literature, religion, and history; and comparative religion and literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824825973
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Conventions
Abbreviations
Prologue 1
Ch. 1 Setting the Terms 6
Ch. 2 Soteriological Patterns, Narrative Structures 21
Ch. 3 The Journey 49
Ch. 4 The Dream 90
Ch. 5 The "Red Chamber" 110
Epilogue 165
Notes 173
Glossary 209
Bibliography 217
Index 243
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