Conclusions: The Resilience of the Strange

Thomas William Whyke, Melissa Shani Brown

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This is the final chapter of this book, in which we offer a conclusion and some final thoughts on this book’s aims: to queer and query zhiguai tales, and to reflect upon the imagination of identities between the past and the present. Here we muse on the themes of this book, and the transgressive potentials of the zhiguai genre as a vehicle for social criticism. Though we have focused on historic literature, zhiguai from the Qing Dynasty, we finish by briefly exploring the endurance of zhiguai in contemporary China (PRC). This includes a variety of new forms present online, which we consider a continuation of the tradition, and zhiguai returning to its oral and popular roots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
VolumePart F1303
ISSN (Print)2662-7922
ISSN (Electronic)2662-7930


  • Lingyi fangzhi
  • New media in China
  • Online short stories
  • Zhiguai

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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