Meng Jiangnu Brings Down the Great Wall: Ten Versions of a Chinese Legend

Meng Jiangnu Brings Down the Great Wall: Ten Versions of a Chinese Legend

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ISBN-13: 9780295987835
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Series: China Program Books Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wilt L. Idema is professor of Chinese literature at Harvard University. He is the author of Chinese Vernacular Fiction: The Formative Period and The Dramatic Oeuvre of Chu Yu-tun (1379-1439), coauthor of The Red Brush: Writing Women of Imperial China, and cotranslator of The Story of the Western Wing by Wang Shifu. Haiyan Lee is assistant professor of East Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Colorado. She is the author of Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsTranslator's Note

Meng Jiangnu: The Development of a Legend by Wild L. IdemaMeng Jiangnu and the May Fourth Folklore Movement by Haiyan Lee

Part One | Ballads from Late-Imperial China1. Trekking to the Wall2. Guiding the Soul3. Retrieving a Fan4. Born from a Gourd5. Being a Filial Daughter-in-Law

Part Two | Ballads Collected in the Countryside6. Switching to Dragon Robes7. Mobilizing the Gods8. Stepping into the Pond9. Sleeping with the Bones10. Forbidden Desires

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"A very important work and a true contribution to the study of traditional Chinese literature."—Mark Bender, Ohio State University

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A very important work and a true contribution to the study of traditional Chinese literature.

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