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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 32 See, e.g., H. Wang, “Depoliticized Politics.” References Arendt, Hannah...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
...: heart, imagination, and aesthetic form. If authenticity is literature's first nature, then transcendence is its second nature. By emphasizing literary transcendence as one of the most important means of general education, Liu agrees with Cai Yuanpei's 蔡元培 (1868–1940) idea of “substituting religion...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 35–54.
Published: 01 December 2022
... the street and greeted Westerners with handshake and smile. Although they put on airs as the best and brightest, they were in fact egoists obsessed with petty gains and self-interest. Following the heels of the Movement of Modernization in the Western Style, the hypocrite gentry attacked folk religions...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 35–56.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., focusing on one of Zhang's audience members, Lu Xun, who would become the founding father of modern Chinese literature and revolutionary heir of the Chinese traditions. I argue that revolution, during the emergence of Chinese modernity, signifies not disenchantment with and obsolescence of religion...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 October 2020
... 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 deep communion with rocks, and are embedded in ecosystems. This wish-image...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... 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 sway between the goals of national salvation and enlightenment and thus fail to encompass these three dimensions. For him...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 408–431.
Published: 01 October 2019
... here. The idea 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...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., 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 we begin to distinguish between friend and foe, internal and external, superior and inferior...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 343–365.
Published: 01 October 2021
... civilization and aesthetic ideals informs his conceptions of beauty. More importantly, the metaphorical depiction of Longzhu as “strength and light” conveys a strong religious underpinning to Shen's idealization of the beauty, virtues, and strength of Longzhu: light is used by many religions to signify divine...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 177–200.
Published: 01 March 2023
... she introduces the concept of “pagan criticism, a reading strategy that pays due credit to the context-specific formations of both religion and literature, tracing their related transmigration and transmutation in various parts of the world.” 9 The pagan critic is a practitioner of magic...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 3–18.
Published: 01 March 2019
... 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 the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 456–471.
Published: 01 October 2019
... as an identifiable geographic/historical/political/economic area with distinct boundaries, composed of different nation-states, which manifests an irreducible or non-assimilable heterogeneity at the level of ethnicity, religion, and culture. Here the designation of being first suggests that Taiwan is positioned...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 157–166.
Published: 01 March 2022
..., misogyny, or religion, the San Francisco attack was instead often viewed in an almost radically decontextualized fashion, with relatively little discussion of contextual factors such as structural issues of homelessness and mental illness. These divergent responses to the two incidents, in turn, reflect...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 300–303.
Published: 01 March 2021
... authentic identities across national, ideological, and cultural borders. For Du, this talent exemplifies Gu as a “cultural amphibian” who alternates between two worlds and challenged Western hegemonic discourses on civilization during his time. Chapter 4, “Clash of Religions,” provides a religious...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 203–214.
Published: 01 March 2022
... . Kim, Helen Jin . “ The Atlanta Shootings, Evangelical America, and the Korean War .” Religion and Politics , May 25 , 2021 . https://religionandpolitics.org/2021/05/25/the-atlanta-shootings-evangelical-america-and-the-korean-war/ . Krohn, Jonathan , and Sarah Pulliam Bailey . “ Atlanta...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 189–195.
Published: 01 December 2022
... of Wisconsin Press , 1982 . Miller, James . China's Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future . New York : Columbia University Press , 2017 . Mumford, Lewis . Technics and Civilization . Chicago : University of Chicago Press , 2010 . Neocleous, Mark...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... their doctorates at prestigious universities in England, Japan, and Taiwan and who specialize in Mongolian sociology, religion, and literature. 53 I asked them about their understanding of the novel and specifically its nationalist implications. One said that Wolf Totem promotes Chinese nationalism...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
..., religion, media, art—the list goes on. 16 There is nothing unusual about viewing an event through the lens of fiction; we do it all the time insofar as we are all consumers of fiction and interact with “beings of fiction”—of both the literary and nonliterary sorts—to forge our agency and subjectivity...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
.... To this iconoclast writer and thinker, there is much that is valuable and useful in 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...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 428–437.
Published: 01 September 2022
... in Malaysia has lamented its marginalization by the Malay-Bumiputra elite. They have faced widespread discrimination in areas including language, education, religion, the economy, society, and culture—including very practical issues such as government scholarships for college courses. As members of an ethnic...