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Norman Girardot is professor of the comparative history of religions at Lehigh University. His research has dealt with Taoism (e.g., Myth and Meaning in Early Taoism and other works), Chinese mythology, and the history of the study of Chinese religions. Other areas of interest include American visionary "folk" or "outsider" art and popular religious movements in the United States (e.g., the Elvis "cult" phenomenon). His book entitled The Whole Duty of Man: James Legge (1815-1897) and the Victorian Translation of China. 19th-century Transformations of Missionary History, Sinological Orientalism, and the Comparative Science of Religion is forthcoming from the University of California Press.


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