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The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun

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The Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi (369--286 B.C.E.) encountered a skull that later in a dream praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with poets in the second and third centuries and found renewed significance with the founders of Quanzhen Daoism. These philosophers turned the skull into a skeleton, a metonym for death and a ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Columbia University Press (first published February 25th 2014)
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This book has one of my favourite paintings of all times as it's cover. The Song dynasty painting of a skeleton playing with a skeleton marionette trying to lure some children away. Wilt Idema is one of my favourite literary historians so I was very pleased to find this at SOAS library on a recent visit.

The book doesn't deal with skeletons in general in Chinese literature, rather it looks at different tellings of the story of Zhuangzi finding a skull (later skeleton) and bringing it back to lif
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Wilt L. Idema obtained his BA and MA from Leiden University. Following continued study in Sapporo (at Hokkaido University) and in Kyoto (at Kyoto University), and research in Hong Kong (at the Universities Service Center), he returned to Leiden, where he taught in the Department of Chinese Language and Culture. He obtained his doctorate in 1974, and was promoted to Professor of Chinese Literature ...more
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