Visions of Happiness: Daoist Utopias and Grotto Paradises in Early and Medieval Chinese Tales.
Posted on 06. Oct, 2009 by James Miller in 372?-427, CHINA, CHINESE literature, PEACH Blossom Spring (Book), Qian, SECULARISM, TAO, TAOISM, UTOPIAS, UTOPIAS in literature
|Title||Visions of Happiness: Daoist Utopias and Grotto Paradises in Early and Medieval Chinese Tales.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||CHIANG, SING-CHEN LYDIA|
|Pagination||97 - 120|
|Keywords||372?-427, China, CHINESE literature, PEACH Blossom Spring (Book), Qian, SECULARISM, Tao, Taoism, UTOPIAS, UTOPIAS in literature|
The article looks at the portrayal of utopias in early and medieval Chinese literature, focusing on the evolution of the concepts of Daoist utopias and grotto heavens. The convergence of these two concepts within the literary classic "Peach Blossom Spring," by Tao Qian is discussed. The intertwining of political vision and mythical imagination in Chinese utopianism is also reviewed. It is noted that utopias, often characterized by secularism, are seen by scholars as a product of Renaissance secularism, thus degrading all non-Western cultures' versions of utopias into paradises.