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Embracing Illusion
Truth and Fiction in The Dream of the Nine Clouds
Embracing Illusion
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Francisca Cho - Author
SUNY series, Toward a Comparative Philosophy of Religions
Price: $53.50 
Hardcover - 262 pages
Release Date: July 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-2969-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2969-3

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Paperback - 262 pages
Release Date: July 1996
ISBN10: 0-7914-2970-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2970-9

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"There are few works on Korean literature. This work provides a first look at the development of fiction in Asia. The topic is a difficult one since it requires that the writer cover wide areas of Asia and the cultural patterns that belong to those far flung places. Embracing Illusion has much to commend it." -- Lewis Lancaster, University of California, Berkeley

Embracing Illusion is an interdisciplinary study of a classic Korean novel. It argues that a work of narrative fiction can be taken seriously as Buddhist philosophical discourse. The capacity of fiction to speak on behalf of Buddhist truths is set in the larger context of how the literary imagination approaches the exploration of reality.

"I was fascinated by Bantly's discussion of the themes of illusion and 'life as a dream.' Many interesting parallels might be drawn between that theme' s Buddhistic manifestation in this text and its manifestation in a number of the Western texts with which I have worked. Also, an invaluable feature of this book is its concluding reflections on the 'fear of ontology' in the Western academy. This alone is an important contribution to current discussions of methodology and scholarly purpose in religious studies."  — Eric J. Ziolkowski, Lafayette College

Francisca Cho Bantly is Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at Georgetown University.


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Laurie L. Patton and Paul J. Griffiths

1. Illusion and Imagination

2. Narratives and the Autobiographical Process

3. The Symmetry of Illusion and Reality

4. A Metaphysics in Search of Expression

5. Philosophy in Narrative Action

6. Remythologizing the Comparative Enterprise

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index


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31720/31721(LGP/MS/)

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