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East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks ft. Yuhang Li
"Becoming Guanyin: Artistic Devotion of Buddhist Women in Late Imperial China"

This book focuses on the power of material things to enable women to access religious experience and transcendence. In particular, she examines how secular Buddhist women expressed mimetic devotion and pursued religious salvation through creative depictions of Guanyin in different media such as painting and embroidery and through bodily portrayals of the deity using jewelry and dance. These material displays expressed a worldview that differed from yet fit within the Confucian patriarchal system. Attending to the fabrication and use of "women's things" by secular women, Li offers new insight into the relationships between worshipped and worshipper in Buddhist practice. Combining empirical research with theoretical insights from both art history and Buddhist studies, Becoming Guanyin is a field-changing analysis that reveals the interplay between material culture, religion, and their gendered transformations.

*Paul Copp will serve as Discussant. Professor Copp is Associate Professor in Chinese Religion and Thought, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College at the University of Chicago.

Yuhang Li is Associate Professor of Chinese Art in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Initiated in 2016, this annual series showcases CEAS faculty, alumni, and special guests who provide author talks and book launches as a way to engage the broader community in conversations regarding key scholarship on East Asia.

This event is co-sponsored with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores.

FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY OF THE BOOK:
"Becoming Guanyin: Artistic Devotion of Buddhist Women in Late Imperial China"
https://www.semcoop.com/event/east-asia-book-ceas-author-talks-yuhang-li-becoming-guanyin-artistic-devotion-buddhist-women-l

May 11, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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