The Global White Snake

Liang Luo
Explores the modern transformation and global travels of one of China's great folk legends

Description

The Global White Snake examines the Chin?ese White Snake legends and their extensive, multidirectional travels within Asia and across the globe. Such travels across linguistic and cultural boundaries have generated distinctive traditions as the White Snake has been reinvented in the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English-speaking worlds, among others. Moreover, the inter-Asian voyages and global circulations of the White Snake legends have enabled them to become repositories of diverse and complex meanings for a great number of people, serving as reservoirs for polyphonic expressions ranging from the attempts to consolidate authoritarian power to the celebrations of minority rights and activism.
 
The Global White Snake uncovers how the White Snake legend often acts as an unsettling narrative of radical tolerance for hybrid sexualities, loving across traditional boundaries, subverting authority, and valuing the strange and the uncanny. A timely mediation and reflection on our contemporary moment of continued struggle for minority rights and social justice, The Global White Snake revives the radical anti-authoritarian spirit slithering under the tales of monsters and demons, love and lust, and reminds us of the power of the fantastic and the fabulous in inspiring and empowering personal and social transformations. 

Liang Luo is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Product Details

  • 360 pages.
  • 57 color illustrations.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Ebook
  • 2021
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-12915-7


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Keywords

  • global, White Snake, Chinese legend, popular culture, Japanese cinema, Korean cinema, Anglophone literature, Sinophone literature, world literature, comparative literature, Chinese literature, Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, missionary, diplomatic, Shenbao, humanity, nonhuman, minority rights, modern and contemporary China, folklore and mythology, adaptation, translation, media studies, performance studies, gender politics, animal studies, film studies, visual studies, art history, newspaper, storytelling, transnational, transcultural, intermediality, interwar, Cold War, Cultural Revolution, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, inter-Asia, transgression, anti-authoritarian, activism, hybridity, transmigration, reincarnation, transformation
     

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