China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

(81) Reconfiguring the Past: Religio-Philosophical Inquiry in Modern Chinese Literature

3/23/2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Roosevelt Room 5, Exhibit Level

This panel integrates historical, literary, religious and philosophical inquiry to examine how modern and contemporary Chinese intellectuals interweave a wide spectrum of Eastern and Western religio-philosophical traditions into their creative writing and translation. As scholarly consensus has it, the introduction of Western intellectual history into China in the twentieth century provided an impetus towards ideological modernization; in this process of self-rejuvenation, the dialectical relationship between Western culture and Asian tradition compelled Chinese intellectuals to reconfigure their cultural legacy while appropriating Western thought. Drawing into discussion several religio-philosophical traditions (specifically wu-shamanism, Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity), this panel takes a comparative perspective on four key episodes, spanning the period from the late Qing era to the contemporary period, in which writers linked Chinese and Western literature and religion/philosophy. Shuyang Pan examines the reconstruction of literary wu-shamanism by two Chinese writers, Xiao Hong (1911-1942) and Duanmu Hongliang (1912-1996), as they confront the conflict between the “primitive” and the modern. Xiaolu Ma explores the early twentieth century Chinese transculturation and secularization of Tolstoyism, with its deep roots in Russian Orthodox Christianity and Asian Taoism and Buddhism. Jianmei Liu interrogates the connection between the Zen Buddhist comprehension of Dao and the representation of women in Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian’s novels and plays. Finally, Thomas Moran investigates the intersection of Western philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism in a study of the representation of human consciousness in Ning Ken’s 2010 novel Tian · Zang.

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Xiaolu Ma

Kalamazoo College, Michigan

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Jianmei Liu

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Not Applicable, Hong Kong

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Shuyang Pan

Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

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Xiaolu Ma

Kalamazoo College, Michigan

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Jianmei Liu

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Not Applicable, Hong Kong

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Thomas Moran

Middlebury College, Vermont

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Letty Chen

Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

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