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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 how they are represented. With its particular narrative method and polished style, the concern of chuanqi is mainly on human motivations and on the exemplary side of human nature. In other words, the supernatural tends to be less arbitrary and arrogant but more benevolent and accessible in its relationship with humans. Their sympathy lies with those who have withdrawn from the official life...

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