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Continuities and Reformulations of Cultural Archetypes: The Case of Xiyouji

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2015, (27), pp.1-19
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2015..27.001
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Published : February 28, 2015

Wonchan Song 1

1한양대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study explores modern appropriations of the popular Chinese classic,《Xiyouji(Journey to the West)》. Long before the term “culture contents” came intovogue, Chinese classics have been exploited for cultural archetypes or original sources. 《Xiyouji》 is an exemplary case, being used for a variety of performing fields includingpuppet shows, dramatic performances and animations. The source power of 《Xiyouji》transcends the national boundary as the novel attracts (re)creative forces in Korea,Japan and America. The paper adopts the framework of MSMU (Multi-Source Multi-USE) in its attemptto examine the nature of the source power of 《Xiyouji》. In doing so, the paper focuseson and utilizes the concepts of modernization, localization and contemporization. Roughlyspeaking, 《Xiyouji》’s appropriations in China tend to stress the continuity andinheritativenes with the original source whereas those in non-Chinese cultures tend tohighlight the reformulative aspects of their appropriations. Both local and internationalappropriations of 《Xiyouji》 are discussed with examples pertinent to the topic of thepaper.

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