Special Issue "Christian Literature in Chinese Contexts"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. John T. P. Lai

Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Hong Kong
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Interests: interdisciplinary study of religion and literature; translation of religious texts; Chinese Christian literature; reception of the Bible in Chinese contexts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Christianity in China has a history dating back to the period of the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE), when Allopen, the first Nestorian missionary, arrived there in 635. In the late sixteenth century, Matteo Ricci (1552–1610) together with other Jesuit missionaries commenced the Catholic missions to China. Protestant Christianity in China began with Robert Morrison (1782–1834), of London Missionary Society, who first set foot in Canton in 1807. Over the centuries, the Western missionaries and Chinese believers were engaged in the enterprise of the translation, publication, and distribution of a large corpus of Christian literature in Chinese. Apart from the direct reading of the Chinese translations of the Bible, the biblical stories and messages were more widely received among the Chinese audiences in a variety of modes, including hearing biblical stories paraphrased or recapitulated in sermons, singing of hymns and making use of liturgical texts, reciting catechisms and trimetrical primers, consulting Bible dictionaries and commentaries, reading or hearing the Christian novels read aloud, among others. While the extensive distribution of Chinese publications facilitated the propagation of Christianity, the Christian messages have been subtly re-presented, re-appropriated, and transformed by these works of Chinese Christian literature.

This Special Issue themed “Christian Literature in Chinese Contexts” invites academic articles to examine the multifarious dimensions of the production, translation, circulation, and reception of Christian literature (with “Christian” and “literature” in their broadest sense) against the cultural and socio-political contexts from the Tang period to modern China. Recommended topics may include the literary/translation endeavors of Western missionaries in Chinese; the indigenous works of the Chinese Christians; the interaction between the Christian and Chinese literary genres/traditions; Chinese people’s reception of the Christian literature, and so forth.

Prof. Dr. John T. P. Lai
Guest Editor

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  • Chinese Christian literature
  • Bible translation in Chinese
  • reception of the Bible
  • religion and literature
  • Christianity in China

Published Papers

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