Folk stories and myths which infused with paranormal creatures and spirits, exist in various social culture. With the natural and geographical environment of extensive mountain ranges, pluvious climate, constant earthquakes, complex cultural and political history of Taiwan, even in the modern city of Taiwan are full of rich folklore traditions.
In the past five years, Taiwan literature has set off a wave of in-depth exploration of “monsters”. The research on paranormal literature has gone mainstream, many authors put in effort to work on literature collection, field collection, identification and verification, to create lots of fictions and non-fictions, and find Taiwan’s original monsterology.
The National Museum of Taiwan Literature also jump on the bandwagon, curated the exhibition “Enchanted Taiwan – Ghouls & Goblins” in 2018, and co-curated the exhibition “Yao-Chi City: Taiwanese Paranormal Literature and Contemporary Art Exhibition” with C-lab Taiwan.
This E-talk will be discussing the sub-topics of
- 1Context of paranormal literature in Taiwan, such as Territorism, Demonism and etc.
- The rapid formation of paranormal literature in Taiwan, related to Taipei Legend Studio, Ho Ching-yao and etc.
- The characteristics of paranormal literature and contemporary arts exhibition, such as the introduction of ‘Yao-Chi City’ and the transition of intellectual property.