University Press of America
978-0-7618-3217-1 • Paperback • August 2005 • $70.99 • (£55.00)
978-1-4616-9395-6 • eBook • August 2012 • $67.50 • (£52.00)
Qian Mais Associate Professor of English at Roanoke College. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Emory University.
2 Introduction: A Historical Sketch; Plot, Theme, Form, and Style; Chinese Women and Their Representation on Stage
Chapter 3 Injustice to Dou E (Dou E yuan): Guan Hanqing
Chapter 4 Qiannu's Soul Leaves Her Body (Qiannu li hun): Zheng Guangzu
Chapter 5 Mulan (Ci Mulan): Xu Wei
Chapter 6 Spring Pavilian (Lin chun ge): Wu Weiye
Chapter 7 Laughter in a Flour Barrel (Miangang ziao): Tang Ying
Chapter 8 The Girl Who Marries a Princess (Nu fuma): Lu Hongfei
10 Glossary of Chinese Characters
Ma clearly describes the preeminent importance of female chastity in the ethical codes of Imperial China, showing how several of the play's heroines, though violating other societal expectations, do so in order to protect their chastity and so ultimately serve the gendered political order. The collection seems most appropriate to women's studies courses since, as a whole, it provides a fascinating overview of representations of women on the xiqu stage.
— Megan Evans, Victoria University of Wellington; Asian Theatre Journal
Ma's new anthology of English translations of xiqu (Chinese Opera) plays is a welcome addition to existing resources. ...[the] translations are engagingly readable and provide a fascinating overview of female characters in traditional xiqu.
— Megan Evans, University of Hawai'i Manoa; China Review International