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Semiotic Interpretation and Textual Reception: The Symbolic Analysis White Snake Woman in the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the Confucian Ideology of Female Education
|關鍵字:||白蛇傳;白蛇女;符號;接受美學;儒家女教思想;Tale of the White Snake;White Snake Woman;Symbol;Aesthetics of reception;Confucian ideology of female education||Project:||興大人文學報, Issue 60, Page(s) 125-156||摘要:||
The Tale of the White Snake is one of four great Chinese folk legends. The formation and spread of the story mainly occurred during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and during this time the image of White Snake Woman has undergone many changes. This study examines the evolution of White Snake Woman in the Ming and Qing dynasties from the perspectives of aesthetics of reception and semiotics, and focuses on ＂White Snake Woman.＂ This paper argues that the ＂White Snake Woman＂ in the Ming Dynasty story, who actively pursues love and marriage, should be viewed as a rebellious symbol against the traditional women's emphasis on ethics and education and their advocacy of chastity. In the Qing dynasty, ＂White Snake Woman＂ took on the image of the virtuous woman and became the mother of Confucianism. The study of the Ming and Qing dynasties of the White Snake Story, shows the characters evolving from ＂the desire not awakened＂ into ＂the awakening of desire,＂ and then into ＂moral rigor.＂ Studying the tale of ＂White Snake Woman＂ in the Ming and Qing dynasties, we can find that the symbolic meaning of the character changes from ＂desire not awakened＂ to ＂awakening of desire＂ and then to ＂blocking of desire.＂ Looking at the texts of the White Snake in the Ming and Qing dynasties, we can find a text-accepting chain that evolves from lust to liberation and then to moral education. In this process of textual reception, the evolution is from ＂monstrous nature＂ to ＂human nature＂ and then to ＂socialization＂ into confucian ideas about female's education.
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