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Fiction: Chinese Fiction and Religion

This essay examines five genres or subgenres of Chinese fiction, namely the zhiguai, chuanqi, bianwen, vernacular short story, and vernacular novel (premodern and modern). Each genre contains works that have themes or structures with religious dimensions. Readership and religious functions of later fictional works will also be mentioned, although these aspects of early works should not be neglected.

Zhiguai

Chuanqi

Chuanqi (transmission of the extraordinary) as a genre refers to fictional narratives in the classical language, longer than zhiguai, that emerged during the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). Tang chuanqi tales were overwhelmed by a curiosity about traffic with the transcendent world of gods, immortals, and numinous beings or with the world beyond the grave. Compared to the Six Dynasties zhiguai, what distinguishes Tang chuanqi lies not so much in what kinds of supernatural themes are presented in a tale, as in...

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