Liu Yi and the Dragon Princess: A Thirteenth-Century Zaju Play by Shang Zhongxian by David Hawkes, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Liu Yi and the Dragon Princess: A Thirteenth-Century Zaju Play by Shang Zhongxian

Liu Yi and the Dragon Princess: A Thirteenth-Century Zaju Play by Shang Zhongxian

by David Hawkes
     
 

This is an adaptation of the thirteenth-century zaju play Liu Yi Chuan Shu, which was itself based on an eighth-century fairy tale about a failed examination candidate's encounter with a shepherdess in distress who turns out to be the youngest daughter of the Dragon King of Lake Dongting. The young man's help is rewarded with riches, immortality and marriage

Overview

This is an adaptation of the thirteenth-century zaju play Liu Yi Chuan Shu, which was itself based on an eighth-century fairy tale about a failed examination candidate's encounter with a shepherdess in distress who turns out to be the youngest daughter of the Dragon King of Lake Dongting. The young man's help is rewarded with riches, immortality and marriage to the beautiful princess. It is a wish-fulfillment fantasy written with charm and a certain ironical edge.

This adaptation consists of the freely-translated lyrics of the zaju with new, original dialogue, including an on-stage narrator. There is a long introduction with synopses of the Chinese text of the zaju and the original story it was based on. There is also an appendix explaining the use of "padding words" in zaju.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789629960643
Publisher:
Chinese University Press, The
Publication date:
09/24/2003
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Hawkes was formerly a professor of Chinese a Oxford University and a Fellow of All Souls College.

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