Textuality in East Asian Buddhism
The field of Buddhist studies in the West began as a textual study, and the translation and interpretation of texts have remained a predominant approach in the field. This emphasis on written works has provoked debates over whether the textual bias has devalued the role that forms of visual culture and performative practices play in the scholarly interpretation of Buddhist traditions.
This research project aims at (1) reconstructing the interplay and hierarchy between texts, visual culture/media and performative practices, (2) with the result of provoking alternative ways to define and investigate texts, and (3) proposing new theoretical directions in the discipline of textual research in Buddhist studies. This research will thus create a conceptual frame for a new epistemology of textuality, as well as provoking new challenging debates on research methodologies in the field. This research project will explore the proposed theme within the context of East Asia.
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