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The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History
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The Chinese Catholic Church traces its living roots back to the late sixteenth century and its historical roots back even further, to the Yuan dynasty. This book explores paintings and sculptures of the Virgin Mary over several centuries and the communities that produced them. It argues for the emergence of distinctly Chinese Catholic identities as artistic representations of the Virgin Mary, at different times and in different places, absorbed and in turn influencing representations of Chinese figures from Guanyin to the Empress Dowager. At other times, indigenous styles have been diluted by Western influences. As a study of the social and cultural histories of communities that have survived over many centuries, this book offers a new view of Catholicism in China— one that sees its history as more than simply a cycle of persecution and resistance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Chinese Catholic identities in the modern period
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part 1: Images of Mary in China before 1842
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. Chinese Christian art during the pre-modern period
  2. pp. 15-48
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  1. Part 2: The Chinese Catholic Church since 1842
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. 2. After the treaties
  2. pp. 51-82
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  1. 3. Our Lady of Donglu
  2. pp. 83-110
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  1. 4. The rise and fall of the French protectorate
  2. pp. 111-140
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  1. Part 3: Images of Mary in the early twentieth century
  2. pp. 141-142
  1. 5. The Furen art department
  2. pp. 143-174
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  1. 6. The Chinese dimension to the Furen Christian art
  2. pp. 175-194
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-248
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-276
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  1. Plates
  2. pp. 292-315
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