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Asian Film & Talk Series: THE MANY FACES OF CHINA’S MONKEY KING

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THE MANY FACES OF CHINA’S MONKEY KING
ROBERT E. HEGEL
PROFESSOR OF CHINEESE LANGUEAGE AND LITERATURE
LISELOTTE DIECKMANN PROFESSOR OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS


AMONG THE FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN ALL OF CHINA’S FICTION, PAST AND PRESENT, IS THE MONKEY KING, SUN WUKONG. HIS FIRST IMAGE IS THAT OF A DEMONIC AND SCARY PREDATOR ON HUMANITY BEFORE HE WAS “TAMED” TO BECOME GUARDIAN AND COUNSELLOR FOR A BRAVE MONK WHO TRAVELED FROM CHINA TO INDIA TO GET BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES. THEREAFTER HE BECAME A PROTECTIVE DEITY IN MANY CHINESE COMMUNITIES AND FINALLY, IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, THE REPRESENTATIVE OF A VARIETY OF POLITICAL IDEALS—AND THE SUBJECT OF COUNTLESS MOVIES, CARTOONS, AND VIDEO GAMES. THIS TALK WILL INTRODUCE THE MONKEY KING AS HE HAS GROWN INTO NEW ROLES OVER THE LAST FIVE HUNDRED YEARS.


OCTOBER 24TH 5:30-6:30 with reception to follow
HAMILTON CENTER CLASSROOM 8 LOCATED AT NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA PEI CAMPUS 5800 BAY SHORE RD SARASOTA FL


SPONSORED BY THE MELLON FOUNDATION AND NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA

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