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The White Snake and Her Son

A Translation of The Precious Scroll of Thunder Peak with Related Texts

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Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company Incorporated

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 171 | Format: Paperback

Isbn-10: 0872209954 | Isbn-13: 9780872209954 | Publish date: 

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Book Description
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. In bringing together translations of the Scroll, four anonymous "youth books," and other texts related to the development of the White Snake legend, this volume opens a window into the richness and variety of pre-modern Chinese popular literature. It also illustrates the ways in which traditional and modern Chinese societies have treated a host of vital cultural issues, including the role of women in society, perceptions of sexuality, and folk religion. Wilt L Idema's Introduction traces the evolution of the legend and places the translated texts in the history of Chinese popular literature and culture. Annotations explaining terms and references that may be unfamiliar to Western readers, a glossary, and a thorough bibliography further enhance the value of this book for both scholars and students.
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    I found this book accidently while browsing the shelves at SOAS. Apparently it's part of a series and I've now added all the other stories to my wish list. Idema is great at presenting how these iconic Chinese stories have actually changed quite a bit over time and how there are different regiona ...continue

    I found this book accidently while browsing the shelves at SOAS. Apparently it's part of a series and I've now added all the other stories to my wish list. Idema is great at presenting how these iconic Chinese stories have actually changed quite a bit over time and how there are different regional variations. He translates several different versions from different time periods from the early 17th to the late 19th century.

    I read this a month ago but really enjoyed it and will definitely read it again. It's interesting and insightful and the story of White Snake remains one of my favourites.

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