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The Shape Of Things: Locating The Self In Xu Wei's Zen Master Yu Has A Voluptuous Dream

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Zen Master Yu concerns the eponymous monk, who is corrupted in the first half of the play and dies ashamed and vengeful, to return in the second half, reincarnated as a beautiful young courtesan. He shares characteristics of the deliverance play subgenre, in which a minor Buddhist or Taoist immortal who currently resides, unknowingly, in the mortal world, is approached by another immortal who has been sent to the world of dust on a mission to "deliver" or return the lost immortal to his or her proper place. In Zhaoshi gu'er 趙氏孤兒, Ji Junxiang's 紀君 祥 famous zaju from the Yuan dynasty, the orphan was raised and tutored by the man who kept his identity a secret, Cheng Ying.

Keywords: Yuan dynasty; Zen Master Yu



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