Mark Meulenbeld

Associate Professor
(608) 262-9220
meulenbeld@wisc.edu
1216 Van Hise
Ph.D., Princeton University (2007); MA, Leiden University (1997)

Undergraduate Adviser

OFFICE HOURS: 
M/W 2:30 - 3:15
FIELDS OF STUDY: 

Daoism, Daoist Ritual; Religion and Literature

CURRENT RESEARCH: 
  • Theatre and local culture in religious traditions of central Hunan (Ming dynasty to present)
  • Interaction between local religion and Daoism in the Ming (1368-1644)
  • Fieldwork in Hunan: local divinities and their oral traditions, sacred geography, thunder ritual 雷法
  • Fieldwork in Taiwan: rituals, gods, and iconography of the "ritual master" 法師
  • Daoism and Ecology

COURSES: 
  • Introduction to Daoism (EA/RS 350)
  • Exorcisms, Festivals, and Theatre in Late Imperial Popular Culture (EA 971)
  • Genres of Asian Religious Writing (EA/RS/LCA 235)
  • Topics in Chinese Literature: Journey to the West (EA 371)
  • Hagiography, Ritual, and Miracle Tales (EA 661)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: 

MONOGRAPH:

Demonic Warfare: Daoism, Territorial Networks, and the History of a Ming Novel. University of Hawai’i Press (In Press; fall 2014).

 

ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS:

“Dancing with the Gods: Daoist Ritual and Popular Religion in Central Hunan” In John Lagerwey & Lü Pengzhi (ed.), ComparativeEthnography of Local Daoist Ritual 「地方道教儀式實地調查比較研究」. (Taibei: Xin Wenfeng, 2013), pp. 113-84.

“From ‘Withered Wood’ to ‘Dead Ashes’: Burning Bodies, Metamorphosis, and the Ritual Production of Power. Cahiers d’Extrême Asie 19 (2012), pp. 217-66.

“Death and Demonization of a Bodhisattva: Avalokiteśvara’s Reformulation within Chinese Theology.” (forthcoming in Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2015).

“Of Statues and the Local Soil: How Village Gods in Hunan Speak Daoist Theology” In Gil Raz (et. al.), Daoist Visual Culture (forthcoming, 2014).

“Daoism.” In Jacob Neusner (ed.), Introduction to World Religions: Communities and Cultures (Abingdon Press, 2010), pp. 233-49.

“Thunder Ritual.” In James Robson (ed.), Norton Anthology of World Religions. Norton (forthcoming, 2014)

“Chinese Religion in the Ming and Qing.” In Randall Nadeau (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2011), pp. 125-144.

 

 

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