Outlaws of the Marsh Exhibition by the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers [Time]    2013-06-18 14:47:08 

On June 15, 2013, the Outlaws of the Marsh exhibition was unveiled in two halls of the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers, France, attracting two hundred spectators.

Outlaws of the Marsh is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature, with the other three being Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Journey to the West and The Dream of the Red Chamber. In China, the counter for these four masterpieces could be found in almost every bookstore, providing different versions including comic books. Outlaws of the Marsh was created on the basis of editing and adapting the traditional oral literature and its author is said to be Shi Nai’an in the fourteenth century. The story vividly describes fights against oppression and heroic struggles by one hundred and eight heroes with different personalities during the Song Dynasty (AD 960-1279).

The Outlaws of the Marsh showcased during the exhibition of this Confucius Institute was in the form of picture books, with a French version of the plots provided. Its original version was created by the Chinese People's Fine Arts Publishing House in the 1950s and revised in the 1980s, and the French version was published by the Fei Press in France. This exhibition displayed colored paintings and line drawings of fifteen stories, which vividly presented "Wu Song Beats the Tiger", "Lu Zhishen Kills the Butcher Zheng (the despot of Guanxi)", "Lin Chong’s Night Escape", " The Real and Fake Li Kui", "Revolutionary Gathering at Liangshan Mountain" and other scenes. Through this exhibition, the audience got an understanding of the outline of Outlaws of the Marsh, hoping that they could borrow it from the Confucius Institute to read and know more about this Chinese classic.

After this event, the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers will gradually launch activities entitled "Into the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature" to further introduce other traditional Chinese classics to students and the French public.

An exhibition poster

Exhibition of the novel Water Margin

On the exhibition site

On the exhibition site

Text and photography by Guo Yugang