Story of the Western Wing

ISBN-10: 0520201841
ISBN-13: 9780520201842
Edition: 1995
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Description: China's most important love comedy, Wang Shifu's Xixiangji, or The Story of the Western Wing, is a rollicking play that chronicles the adventures of the star-crossed lovers Oriole and Student Zhang. Since its appearance in the thirteenth century, it  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/31/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

China's most important love comedy, Wang Shifu's Xixiangji, or The Story of the Western Wing, is a rollicking play that chronicles the adventures of the star-crossed lovers Oriole and Student Zhang. Since its appearance in the thirteenth century, it has enjoyed unparalleled popularity. The play has given rise to innumerable sequels, parodies, and rewritings; it has influenced countless later plays, short stories, and novels and has played a crucial role in the development of drama criticism. This translation of the full and complete text of the earliest extant version is available in paperback for the first time. The editors' introduction will inform students of Chinese cultural and literary traditions.

Preface
Foreword
Table of Chinese Dynasties
Dramatis Personae
Introduction
The Status of Wang Shifu's Story of the Western Wing in Chinese Literature
Author and Authorship
The Pedigree of the Materials
Exceptions to the Rules
An Introduction to the World of The Western Wing
Translation
Book the First
An Introduction to the Story of Oriole Cui and Student Zhang
[Eight Satiric Songs Against The Western Wing]
The Story of the Western Wing
Burning Incense and Worshiping the Moon
Icy Strings Spell Out Grief
Book the Second
[Unitled] to the Tune "Basheng Ganzhou"
The Story of the Western Wing
Feelings Transmitted by Lines of Poetry
A Clandestine Meeting of Rain and Clouds
A Reunion Ordained by Heaven
[Publisher's Advertisement]
Appendices
A Pair of Battling Quacks
A Noontime Dream in the Garden Grove
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index

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