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The Butterfly Lovers
The Legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai; Four Versions with Related Texts
This volume offers translations of the earliest versions of the popular ballad along with later literary reinventions of the tale; a variety of related documents reveal the historical and cultural origins of the legend. In his Introduction, Wilt L. Idema provides essential contextual information and discusses how the story of the Butterfly Lovers fits into modern Chinese concepts of gender roles and sexual freedom.
"Idema's scholarship . . . [and his] ability to translate popular texts into comparably idiomatic English are outstanding achievements."
Hugh R. Clark, Ursinus College
Wilt L. Idema is Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University.
258 pages; ISBN 9781603842976
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