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What Does it Take to Be Human? - Foreignness in Yuan Mei's Zi buyu

Abstract Yuan Mei 袁枚 (1716-97) is often thought of as a rebellious figure within the eighteenth-century intellectual and literary landscape. His perceived rejection of nearly all aspects of Confucian values was so extreme that he was even dubbed a "sinner against the teachings of Confucius." This thesis examines six stories within Yuan Mei's Zi buyu 子不語 (What Confucius Did Not Talk About) and, through close reading, shows how Yuan Mei utilizes each foreign group's physical traits and their ability to verbally and/or ethically communicate with the Chinese protagonist, in order to reflect their adherence to Confucian values and acceptance of Chinese imperial authority to arrange ... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Campos, Miles (Author) / Ling, Xiaoqiao (Advisor) / Oh, Young Kyun (Committee member) / West, Stephen H (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Asian literature / History
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 86 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. East Asian Languages and Civilizations 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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