【访问学者成果推荐】 罗靓:The Global White Snake




The Global White Snake examines the Chinese White Snake legends and their extensive, multidirectional travels within Asia and across the globe. Such travels across linguistic and cultural boundaries have generated distinctive traditions as the White Snake has been reinvented in the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English-speaking worlds, among others. Moreover, the inter-Asian voyages and global circulations of the White Snake legends have enabled them to become repositories of diverse and complex meanings for a great number of people, serving as reservoirs for polyphonic expressions ranging from the attempts to consolidate authoritarian power to the celebrations of minority rights and activism.

The Global White Snake uncovers how the White Snake legend often acts as an unsettling narrative of radical tolerance for hybrid sexualities, loving across traditional boundaries, subverting authority, and valuing the strange and the uncanny. A timely mediation and reflection on our contemporary moment of continued struggle for minority rights and social justice, The Global White Snake revives the radical anti-authoritarian spirit slithering under the tales of monsters and demons, love and lust, and reminds us of the power of the fantastic and the fabulous in inspiring and empowering personal and social transformations.









美国肯塔基大学 (University of Kentucky) 中国研究教授,天津师范大学比较文学特聘教授,哈佛大学 (Harvard University) 东亚系博士,北京师范大学中文系汉语言文学学士、比较文学与世界文学硕士。自2008年起执教于肯塔基大学现代与古典语言文学文化系,历任中国研究项目负责人、文理学院国际学生村主任。其学术研究领域涉及明清以降的文学文化研究、国际先锋主义、冷战亚洲文化圈、当代流行文化;民间文艺、表演研究、媒介研究、性别研究、电影研究等。在研究中尤为关注民间文化、文人经典、先锋主义、流行文化与政治宣传的互动。历年来曾获澳大利亚国立大学人文研究所、复旦大学中华文明国际研究中心、韩国国家研究基金、美国国家人文基金等学术机构资助。曾任东京大学东洋文化研究所外国人研究员、斯德哥尔摩大学东方学院访问学者、韩国梨花女子大学人文所研究教授、复旦大学中华文明国际研究中心访问学者等。出版英文学术专著《世界的白蛇》(The Global White Snake, 密歇根大学出版社,2021年)与《先锋主义与流行文化》(The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China,  密歇根大学出版社,2014年)。目前聚焦于国际先锋主义与现代中国的共生关系研究。

罗靓教授于2016年5月到8月到中心从事访问研究。The Global White Snake 一书便是罗教授在中心访问期间展开的持续研究的成果。


This splendid book is the most thorough and enthusiastic study of the White Snake legend in its diverse forms across a global media landscape: from Chinese operas, Japanese anime, Asian films, to stage adaptations in the U.S. The more widely the legend about this seductive deity travels and is transformed in different cultural transformations, the more subversive and transgressive its message becomes. Reading this well researched account is as spellbinding.”—Leo Ou-fan Lee, author of Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China, 1930–1945

“In the Chinese legend of the White Snake, woman is not seduced by the snake but is herself the snake. Originating as a very local legend on the deadly dangers of seduction and infatuation, the story grew into one of China’s most popular love stories that allowed its adapters past and present to explore all possibilities of the relations between the sexes. The story also spread widely throughout East Asia and beyond. In this richly illustrated monograph Liang Luo studies the continuous developments of the legend in print, on stage, in cinema, and in digital media in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan as well as Southeast Asia and Northern America from the late nineteenth century to the 2010s, offering an engrossing and highly original window onto the imagination of the Other in East and West.”—Wilt L. Idema, author of The White Snake and Her Son: A Translation of the Precious Scroll of Thunder Peak with Related Texts

“This rigorous and exciting study presents a folk narrative and its transmutations that will provoke new theoretical directions for examining the relations between traditional and tradition-inspired narrative. The Global White Snake brings together the relevant sources, versions, and theory that will show readers a clear idea of the White Snake narrative tradition and its meanings in various literary, performative, and social contexts. The compelling, stimulating, fascinating scholarship will deepen and expand readers’ understanding of the Chinese vernacular literary/live-performance traditions, as well as the emerging means of transmission and creativity in virtual, online, digital formats.”—Mark Bender, author of The Nuosu Book of Origins: A Creation Epic from Southwest China

“In Liang Luo, the beloved White Snake has found her bard for her numerous retellings and variants across the centuries from folk legend to the Shanghai screen, television, internet animation, feminist novel, and riotous musicals and opera; from forbidden love, struggle against Buddhist norms, and spiritual awakening to women's rights and homosexual love; and from Eastern China's cultural cities (Zhenjiang, Hangzhou, and Suzhou) to transformations in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and the U.S. Lucidly and engagingly written, Liang Luo has not only made accessible a wealth of cultural riches to the Anglophone world, but charted their deployments across Republican, Cold War, and global cultural politics.”—Michael M.J. Fischer, author of Anthropology in the Meantime: Experimental Ethnography, Theory, and Method for the Twenty-First Century

“The Global White Snake is an astonishing achievement, filled with dynamic examinations of the ancient legend and its many recent global adaptations.  Blending insights from media theory, transnational literature, queer studies, folklore, and animal studies, this learned and accessible book shows how cultural objects move around the world and, just as important, how the world makes new meaning out of borrowed cultural objects.  The capaciousness and fluidity of the white snake legend itself are matched only by the brilliance and generosity of the account Liang Luo offers in this book.”—Peter J. Kalliney, author of Modernism in a Global Context




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