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  • Monks, Bandits, Lovers, and Immortalsby Stephen H. West; Wilt L. Idema

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2010; US$ 15.95

    "This magnificent collection of eleven early [1250–1450] Chinese plays will give readers a vivid sense of life and a clear understanding of dramatic literature during an extraordinarily eventful period in Chinese history. Not only are the eleven plays in this volume expertly translated into lively, idiomatic English; they are each provided... more...

  • The White Snake and Her Sonby Wilt L. Idema

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2009; US$ 13.50

    A cornerstone of Chinese popular culture, the legend of the White Snake—the admirable demon who loves her victim—has been continually rewritten, reinterpreted, and readapted for over five hundred years. The Precious Scroll of Thunder Peak was one of the most popular nineteenth-century versions of the legend. more...

  • Filial Piety and Its Divine Rewardsby Wilt L. Idema

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2009; US$ 13.50

    Of the many ballads, tales, and plays extolling filial piety ( xiao )—the foundational virtue of imperial China—none was more popular in that era than the legend of Dong Yong and his heavenly helpmate, Weaving Maiden. Continually revised and embellished over a millennium, the tale's popularity remains, finding new expression in Chinese... more...

  • The Butterfly Loversby Wilt L. Idema

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2010; US$ 13.50

    The late-imperial legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, the "Butterfly Lovers"—a story as central to Chinese culture as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is to Western culture—also relates a tale of two lovers held apart by social strictures. To audiences of the many Chinese ballads, plays, and films based on the story, the tragic... more...

  • Mulanby Shiamin Kwa; Wilt L. Idema

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2010; US$ 13.50

    The legend of Mulan?the daughter who disguises herself as a man, dons her father's armor, and heads off to war in his place?remains one of the most popular Chinese folktales despite (or because of) its lack of supernatural demonstrations or interventions. This volume offers lively translations of the earliest recorded version of the legend and... more...

  • Battles, Betrayals, and Brotherhoodby Wilt L. Idema; Stephen H. West

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2012; US$ 23.95

    No cycle of historical legends has enjoyed greater or more enduring popularity in China than that of the Three Kingdoms, which recounts the dramatic story of the civil wars (c. AD 180–220) that divided the old Han empire into the Shu-Han, Wei, and Wu states, and the eventual reunification of the realm under the Western Jin in AD 280. more...

  • The Generals of the Yang Familyby Wilt L. Idema; Stephen H. West

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2013; US$ 64.00

    This book offers a complete translation of four early plays of the Yang Family Generals. The story of the Yang Family Generals, particularly its female generals, was a perennial favorite on the Chinese stage in the 19th and 20th centuries. In detailing the role of this military family in the Song-Khitan wars of the late 10th and early 11th centuries,... more...

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