Prodiges ambigus : Les récits non-canoniques sur le surnaturel entre histoire religieuse, histoire littéraire et anthropologie

Abstract : Following Lu Xun's pioneer work, the Medieval mirabilia collections have long been analysed as « the birth of Chinese fiction ». During the last few years, however, new research has begun to claim that those texts should rather be read as products of a particular moment in the development of Chinese religious and philosophical thought. At approximatively the same moment, anthropologists studying contemporary Chinese local cults discovered Ming Qing vernacular hagiographic narratives among the written material used by the followers. They then studied those texts as cult-related myths, discarding their connections with the realm of the vernacular novel. Both researches have indeed shed new light upon the previously neglected religious dimension of such narratives, but may have gone too far in downplaying their literary dimension. Other studies, by literary historians as well as by specialists of Chinese religions, endeavor to integrate the literary as well as the religious sides in their understanding of those non-canonical texts about the supernatural
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Vincent Durand-Dastès. Prodiges ambigus : Les récits non-canoniques sur le surnaturel entre histoire religieuse, histoire littéraire et anthropologie. Revue bibliographique de sinologie, Editions de l'EHESS, 2003, XX (2002), pp.317-344. ⟨hal-01382661⟩

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