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6 Non-Epiphany in Ye Shaojun’s Lyrical Vision

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Ye Shaojun's Ni Huanzhi features a choice specimen of Chinese apprenticeship fiction that only the ethos of the May Fourth era could conduce and nurture. One can notice a shift in the biographical narratives from a self who is consummated in lyrical epiphany to one who is grappling for and resetting of orientation in social crises. To a remarkable extent, Ni's biographical facts have been presented against the backdrops of a visible line of historical development, the narrative of radical politics of modern Chinese history. This chapter provides a sneak preview of one as yet unknown aspect of Wang's mind, his Buddhist inclinations. It associates the fate-like order of the existential world specifically with Buddhist world views and reveals his unswerving readiness for martyrdom in a way similar to Buddha's self-sacrificing act in the faith of Bodhisattva.

Keywords: Bodhisattva; Buddhist inclinations; Chinese apprenticeship; martyrdom; May Fourth era; radical politics; Wang Leshan; Ye Shaojun's Ni Huanzhi



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