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Five Versions of a Classic Chinese Legend, with Related Texts



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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. In addition to a translation of the earliest recorded version of the legend, this volume offers translations of several later iterations of the tale (including the screenplay of the hugely successful 1903 Chinese film Mulan Goes to War) that illustrate the many ways in which the basic story has been reinterpreted over centuries to reflect changes in Chinese cultural, political, and sexual attitudes.

Author Biography

Shiamin Kwa received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Wilt L. Idema is Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University.
Release date Australia
September 14th, 2010
Translated by Shiamin Kwa Translated by Wilt L Idema
Country of Publication
United States
Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
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