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Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012
Edited by Philip Clart and Gregory Adam Scott. Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015.
An edited volume that examines the role played by print culture in several Chinese
religious traditions from the late Qing to the contemporary period. Each chapter
demonstrates how focusing on the role of publishing among religious groups in
modern China generates new insights and raises new questions. They examine how
religious actors understood the role of printed texts in religion, dealt with
issues of translation and exegesis, produced print media that heralded social
and ideological changes, and expressed new self-understandings in their
published works. They also address the impact of new technologies, such as
mechanized movable type and lithographic presses, in the production and
meaning of religious texts. Finally, the chapters identify where religious
print culture crossed confessional lines, connecting religious traditions
through links of shared textual genres, commercial publishing companies, and
the contributions of individual editors and authors.
This book thus demonstrates
how, in embracing modern print media and building upon their longstanding
traditional print cultures, Christian, Buddhist, Daoist, and popular religious
groups were developed and defined in modern China. While the chapter authors
are specialists in religious traditions, they have made use of recent studies
into publishing and print culture, and like many of the subjects of their
research, are able to make connections across religious boundaries and link
together seemingly discrete traditions.
Table of Contents
Gregory Adam Scott and Philip Clart
Print Culture and Religion in Chinese History
George Kam Wah Mak
The Colportage of the Protestant Bible in Late Qing China: The Example
of the British and Foreign Bible Society
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee and Christie Chui-Shan Chow
Publishing Prophecy: A Century of Adventist Print Culture in China
Gregory Adam Scott
Navigating the Sea of Scriptures: The Buddhist Studies
Printing and Circulating “Precious Scrolls” in Early
Twentieth-Century Shanghai and its Vicinity: Toward an Assessment of
Multifunctionality of the Genre
Yau Chi-on (Translated by Philip Clart)
The Xiantiandao and Publishing in the Guangzhou-Hong Kong Area
from the Late Qing to the 1930s: The Case of the Morality Book Publisher Wenzaizi
Wang Chien-Chuan (Translated by Gregory Adam Scott)
Morality Book Publishing and Popular Religion in Modern China: A
Discussion Centered on Morality Book Publishers in Shanghai
Paul R. Katz
Illuminating Goodness – Some Preliminary Considerations of
Religious Publishing in Modern China
The Publishing of Buddhist Books for Beginners in Modern China from Yang Wenhui to Master Sheng Yen
中國近代歷史上的佛學入門書籍出版事業 – 從楊文會居士至聖嚴法師而言.
Shengyan yanjiu 聖嚴研究 (Sheng Yen Studies), Vol. 5 (2014).
"This paper examines three creators of Chinese-language Buddhist introductory texts, each of whom sought to connect their deep knowledge of the Buddhist textual corpus with the
interests and needs of the novice student: Yang Wenhui 楊文會 (1837 – 1911), who helped resurrect Buddhist scriptural publishing in the decades following the Taiping rebellion; Ding
Fubao 丁福保 (1874 – 1952), a physician and bibliophile who drew upon his extensive personal collection of rare books to provide citations for his annotations; and Master Sheng Yen 聖嚴法師
(1930 – 2009), whose English-language books are presently among the most popular introductory texts to Buddhism."
Portions of this paper are based on chapter four of my 2013 dissertation.
Chinese Buddhist Publishing and Print Culture, 1900-1950.
In Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, edited by Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press, March 2013.
Part of Oxford Bibliographies Online, this is an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources on the study of Buddhist print culture
in early twentieth-century China. Readers need either a personal subscription to the OBO service, or access through an institution with a subscription.