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The Story of Han Xiangzi: The Alchemical Adventures of a Daoist Immortal (China Program Book)

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In this seventeenth-century Chinese novel, Han Xiangzi, best known as one of the Eight Immortals, seeks and achieves immortality and then devotes himself to converting his materialistic, politically ambitious Confucian uncle, Han Yu (a real historical figure), to Daoism. Written in lively vernacular prose interspersed with poems and songs, the novel takes its readers over vast distances across China, to the heavens, and into the underworld. Readers listen to debates among Confucians, Daoists, and Buddhists and witness trials of faith and the performance of magical feats. Similar in style, content, and vintage to the popular Buddhist novel Journey to the West (also known in English as Monkey), The Story of Han Xiangzi uses colorful characters, twists of plot, witty dialogue, and action suitable for a superhero comic book to convey its religious messagethat worldly life is ephemeral and that true contentment can be found only through Daoist cultivation. This is the first translation into any Western language of Han Xiangzi quanzhuan (literally, The Complete Story of Han Xiangzi). On one level, the novel is a delightful adventure; on another, it is serious theology. Although The Story of Han Xiangzis irreverent attitude toward the Confucian establishment prevented its being taken seriously by literary critics in imperial China, it has remained popular among Chinese readers for four centuries. Philip Clarts Introduction outlines the Han Xiangzi story cycle, presents Yang Erzeng in his social context, assesses the literary merits and religious significance of the text, and explores the theory and practice of inner alchemy. This unabridged translation will appeal to students of Chineseliterature, readers who enjoy international fiction, and readers with an interest in Daoism.

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NEW IN PAPERBACKIn this seventeenth-century Chinese novel, Han Xiangzi, best known as one of the Eight Immortals, seeks and achieves immortality and then devotes himself to converting his materialistic, politically ambitious Confucian uncleHan Yu (a real historical figure)to Daoism. Written in lively vernacular prose interspersed with poems and songs, the novel takes its readers over vast distances across China, to the heavens, and into the underworld. This is the first translation into any Western language. Yang Erzeng (fl. 15901602) was a writer and publisher from the city of Hangzhou in southeastern China. Philip Clart is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295987255
Author:
Erzeng, Yang
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Translator:
Clart, Philip
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
China Program Book
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
9.04x7.24x1.17 in. 1.57 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » China
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , NEW IN PAPERBACKIn this seventeenth-century Chinese novel, Han Xiangzi, best known as one of the Eight Immortals, seeks and achieves immortality and then devotes himself to converting his materialistic, politically ambitious Confucian uncleHan Yu (a real historical figure)to Daoism. Written in lively vernacular prose interspersed with poems and songs, the novel takes its readers over vast distances across China, to the heavens, and into the underworld. This is the first translation into any Western language. Yang Erzeng (fl. 15901602) was a writer and publisher from the city of Hangzhou in southeastern China. Philip Clart is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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