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Many Faces of Mulian

The Precious Scrolls of Late Imperial China

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Many Faces of Mulian by Rostislav Berezkin
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The story of Mulian rescuing his mother's soul from hell has evolved as a narrative over several centuries in China, especially in the baojuan (precious scrolls) genre. This genre, a prosimetric narrative in vernacular language, first appeared around the fourteenth century and endures as a living tradition. In exploring the evolution of the Mulian story, Rostislav Berezkin illuminates changes in the literary and religious characteristics of the genre. He also examines material from other forms of Chinese literature and from modern performances of baojuan, tracing their transformation from tools of Buddhist proselytizing to sectarian propaganda to folk ritualized storytelling. Ultimately, he reveals the special features of baojuan as a type of performance literature that had its foundations in multiple literary traditions.

Author Biography

Rostislav Berezkin is associate professor in the National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai.
Release date NZ
November 8th, 2017
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
15 b&w illus., 2 tables
Imprint
University of Washington Press
Pages
272
ISBN-13
9780295742526
Product ID
26799678

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