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

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University of Washington Press, 2008 - Literary Collections - 295 pages
Meng Jiangn Brings Down the Great Wall brings together ten versions of a popular Chinese legend that has intrigued readers and listeners for hundreds of years. Elements of the story date back to the early centuries B.C.E. and are an intrinsic part of Chinese literary history, major themes and subtle nuances of which are illuminated here by Wilt L. Idema's new translations and pairings. The tale concerns a young woman whose husband is killed while working as a laborer on the construction of the Great Wall, and whose tears of grief cause the wall's collapse. Wilt L. Idema is professor of East Asian languages and civilizations at Harvard University.

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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.

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