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Zhuangzi and Modern Chinese Literature

Liu Jianmei


This is a powerful account of how the ruin and resurrection of Zhuangzi in modern China’s literary history corresponds to the rise and fall of modern Chinese individuality. The book highlights two central philosophical themes of Zhuangzi: the absolute spiritual freedom as presented in the chapter “Free and Easy Wandering” and the rejection of absolute and fixed views on right and wrong, as seen in the chapter “On the Equality of Things.” It argues that the twentieth-century reinterpretation and appropriation of these two important philosophical themes best testifies to the dilemma and inner st ... More

Keywords: tradition, individuality, freedom, nonparticipation, independence, roaming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190238155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190238155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liu Jianmei, author
Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology