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Author:

Haiyan Lee

Format:

Paperback

Subject:

Social Sciences

Series:

China Program

Subject 2:

Social Studies: General

Language:

English

Publication Year:

12/05/2008

ISBN:

9780295987842

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Tells the story of a young woman named Meng Jiang who makes a long, solitary journey to deliver winter clothes to her husband, a drafted labourer on the grandiose Great Wall construction project of the notorious First Emperor of the Qin dynasty (BCE 221-208).

Key Features
Author(s)Haiyan Lee
PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
Date of Publication12/05/2008
Language(s)English
FormatPaperback
ISBN-100295987847
ISBN-139780295987842
GenreSocial Studies: General
Series TitleChina Program

Publication Data
Place of PublicationWashington
Country of PublicationUnited States
ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
Content Noteillustrations

Dimensions
Weight404 g
Width155 mm
Height227 mm
Spine19 mm
Pagination312

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Translated byWilt Idema

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    Title: Meng Jiangnu Brings Down the Great Wall , PB , Wilt Idema, Haiyan Lee - NEW

    ISBN: 9780295987842

    Format: Paperback




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    "Meng Jiangnu 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 the legend are illuminated here by Wilt L. Idema's new translations and pairings. In this classic story, a young woman named Meng Jiang makes a long, solitary journey to deliver winter clothes to her husband, a drafted labourer on the grandiose Great Wall construction project of the notorious First Emperor of the Qin dynasty (BCE 221-208). But her travels end in tragedy when, upon arrival, she learns that her husband has died under the harsh working conditions and been entombed in the wall. Her tears of grief cause the wall to collapse and expose his bones, which she collects for proper burial.In some versions, she tricks the lecherous emperor, who wants to marry her, into providing a stately funeral for her husband and then takes her own life. The versions presented here are ballads and chantefables (alternating chanted verse and recited prose), five from urban printed texts from the late Imperial and early Republican periods, and five from oral performances and partially reconstructed texts collected in rural areas in recent decades. They represent a wide range of genres, regional styles, dates, and content. From one version to another, different elements of the story - the circumstances of Meng Jiangnu 's marriage, her relationship with her parents-in-law, the journey to the wall, her grief, her defiance of the emperor - are elaborated upon, downplayed, or left out altogether depending on the particular moral lessons that tale authors wished to impart.Idema brings together his considerable translation skills and broad knowledge of Chinese literature to present an assortment of tales and insightful commentary that will be a gold mine of information for scholars in a number of disciplines. Haiyan Lee's essay discusses the appeal of the Meng Jiangnu story to twentieth-century literary reformers, and the interpretations they imposed on the material they collected. 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)", co-author of "The Red Brush: Writing Women of Imperial China", and co-translator 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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