Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Finding the Appropriate Fit: An Interdisciplinary Rereading of Daoist Nuns in Hearing Zither in Bamboo Dock
by Zou, Yuanyuan, M.A., The George Washington University, 2020, 63; 27837883
Abstract (Summary)

This study offers an interdisciplinary reading of one particular Yuan drama Hearing Zither in Bamboo Dock. After comparing the Confucian notion of female chastity, the Quanzhen Daoism tradition, as well as the unity of the three teachings in the drama with its historical counterparts, I argue that as Confucianism and Daoism both share the idea of moral and spiritual perfectibility, when facing a moral dilemma either as laymen or Daoists, the females during the Yuan are relatively free to take refuge in either religion. These effortless conversion and secularization reflect the inclusive atmosphere of the society towards religion, which became one of the accelerators for the development of Daoism, especially Quanzhen Daoism. However, their returning to lay life at the end implies that guarding their female chastity is the ultimate driving force. Therefore, when the dilemma gets resolved, they would unhesitatingly or “unconsciously” return to the world that is primarily dominated by the Neo-Confucianism ideology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kang, Xiaofei, Chen, Liana
Commitee: Dong, Hongyuan
School: The George Washington University
Department: Chinese Language & Culture
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Asian Studies, Religion
Keywords: Female chastity, Neo-Confucianism, Quanzhen Daoism, Unity of Three Teachings, Yuan drama
Publication Number: 27837883
ISBN: 9798645447564
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