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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... on this-worldly pleasure and otherworldly sin have merged in exorcising the myth of Mao's revolutionary utopia. Copyright © 2020 Lingnan University 2020 Li Zehou Liu Zaifu religion transcendence aesthetics The unfolding of the 1980s New Enlightenment is often narrated as a...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 35–56.
Published: 01 March 2020
... religion in public life but spiritual entanglement and a universal mission of salvation. This article shows the interlacing of Lu Xun's use of literature to change the world and his engagement with Buddhism on three primary terrains: his indebtedness to Zhang Taiyan, his immersion in a wide range of...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... literature. 16 To be more specific, in Liu's observation, three themes that Chinese writers need to discover and explore in their literary articulations are human and individual existence, god and religion in the spiritual field, and nature. Liu is unsatisfied with modern Chinese writings, which usually...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
... about the discourse of enlightenment with which these two thinkers are aligned, Tu Hang concentrates on the comparison between Li Zehou's theory of “pleasure culture” ( legan wenhua 樂感文化) and Liu Zaifu's “sin literature” ( zuigan wenxue 罪感文學), showing their different attitudes toward religion. He...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 October 2020
... of the May Fourth culture, questioning social ills of technological fetishism. The past contains a utopian future, and ancient cosmology and folk religions provide a reservoir of dream images. Like Benjamin, Lu Xun dreamed of a world where humans have magic resonance with the natural world, maintain...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 408–431.
Published: 01 October 2019
... that the world can be divided into absolute good and evil, and the various historical religions based on binary principles such as Manichaeism and Zoroastrianism, fascinated Jin Yong and provided rich resources for his craft. In his 1961 novel Yi tian tu long ji 倚天屠龍記 (Heavenly Sword, Dragon-Slaying...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
... that I should uphold the science of categorization. Without categorizing, there will be no science. Logic, in this sense, is also about categorization. But what religion and literature deal with is humanity. If you divide people into a hierarchy, you cannot love everyone and understand everyone. Once...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 3–18.
Published: 01 March 2019
... happiness is much more difficult to obtain. Marx wrote: “ Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 456–471.
Published: 01 October 2019
... a woman) that can easily extend to a parallel set of destabilizations at the level of property, inheritance, kinship, and social affiliation. As a result of the Pikaochiu incident, a new patriarchal clan-based—rather than merely religion-based—direction opened up within the discursive fields of...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
... the oldest Chinese creation myths for a modern regeneration of China. Insofar as the oldest “superstitious” beliefs in the human-nature bond have not been harnessed and enervated by subsequent established philosophies and religions, they still retain man's primordial creative energy—comparable to the...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
... is the gap not between theory and reality but between different modes of position taking in a world in which fiction, to use Bruno Latour's terminology, passes through every other “mode of existence”: politics, law, the economy, science, technology, religion, media, art—the list goes on. 16 There...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... Protecting Nature: A Handbook on Faiths, Environment and Development . Bath : Alliance of Religions and Conservation , 2009 . Di Cosmo, Nicola . Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 2002 . Duara, Prasenjit...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 143–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... insofar as one treats God as a mentality, a feeling.” 4 In other words, whereas Li Zehou adheres to enlightenment and rationality, Liu Zaifu is eager to explore the unknown horizons, a space where the divine and the demonic interact. He may not have a belief in religion, but he remains keen on the...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 264–276.
Published: 01 October 2020
... sexual identities but also in the identities being given a bad name. When the term homosexuality was imported to China, it was loaded with Western meanings and associations. In the West, homosexuality is often condemned as immoral and sinful mostly because of the influence of religion. It is also...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 244–263.
Published: 01 October 2020
... religion (Tang Siu-wa 鄧小樺, Fung Hei-kin 馮晞乾), and on routines (Chow See-chung 周思中). The range of approaches compels readers to acknowledge the many paths opened by nature and the limited attention we paid to nature in the past. In Ziyou ru lü , the section “Hunza” 混雜 (Hybridity) reflects on identity...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 174–196.
Published: 01 March 2019
... cannot be translated into words.” 82 Mazu's multivalent looks are a case in point, as they bespeak the unspeakable—anxiety, sorrow, compassion, and benevolence all at once—and make her resemble, in my view, Bodhisattva 觀音 (Guanyin) in Chinese folk religion more than an Angel of History in Benjamin's...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 33–61.
Published: 01 March 2019
... eight categories based on their subject matter: education, politics, philosophy and religion, history and geography, the natural sciences, social affairs, fables and jokes, and “miscellaneous.” Within each category, works can receive one of three quality rankings: upper rank 上等 ( shangdeng ), middle...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 104–126.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and supervised by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT), published a new set of guidelines regulating internet programs and content in almost all areas, including politics, history, religion, tradition, ethnic minorities, sex and sexuality, and violence...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 277–297.
Published: 01 October 2020
... light-years. It is a religion without followers, a heavenly kingdom for pagans. Yet I hold out no hope even for that, because we, Ah Yao and me, are doomed to be people without names, without miracles. It's tough to stay alive, but dying isn't any easier, as with the nameless fish in my fishbowl. 虎死留皮...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 430–456.
Published: 01 October 2020
..., religion, philosophy, and ethnography—in other words, both material and spiritual cultures of the oriental world. However, since the 1920s, Orientalism has been an arena for competition with the Western world. Soviet scholars developed a unique discourse about the Orient that differentiated itself from...