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Selected Plays from the Yuan Dynasty

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Author: Zhang Guangqian;
Language: English
Format: Papercover
Page: 339
Publication Date: 01/2010
ISBN: 9787119038933,7119038931
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This volume contains eight plays, six of which are translated into English and introduced to the western world for the first time. In addition to ample annotation, an introduction is written for each play, enabling readers to approach and appreciate these ancient masterpieces-the forerunners of present-day Peking opera.

About Author
Zhang Guangqian, professor of English of the University of Science and Technology of China. Translations include: The Peony Pavilion, A Dream Under the Southern Bough, Anthology of Tales from Records of the Taiping Era.
Table of Contents
An Introduction to the Yuan Plays
Anonymous
The Bubbles Bear Witness(朱砂担)
QinJianfu
The Eastside Neighbor(东堂老)
Li Zhifu
The Tiger Badge(虎头牌)
Anonymous
The Quilt with Mandarin Ducks(鸳鸯被)
Wu Hanchen
A Late-Born Son(老生儿)
Shi Junbao
Love at River Bend(曲江池)
Anonymous
The Missing Deed(合同文字)
Shi Junbao
Qiu Hu Attempts to Seduce His Wife(秋胡戏妻)
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Preface
Social progress lies in exchanges, as does the development of cultures as well as personal friendships. It has been proven through world historical practice that the achievement of cultural prosperity and socialprogress in the 21th century depends on mutual understanding and exchange.
Thanks to the rapid development of transport and communications, mutual exchanges are becoming increasingly frequent day by day, but at the same time new problems have emerged under new circumstances.
Human culture can be divided into two levels. The surface level, or"living culture," which involves all aspects of survival such as eating, drinking and clothing, has been universally propagated. Through fusion, integration and imitation of each other, living culture has played the role of deepening friendship and enhancing mutual understanding among different peoples.
The deeper second level of human culture we also need to pay attention to is known as "conceptual culture," exchanges which have also been carried out, but still far from sufficiently. Although also formed over a long period of time through rich historical accumulated development, conceptual culture evolves from the original national traditions, so its nature is more concealed and more profound. Yet, it also allows for concise abstract ways of thinking, more accurate ways of expression and more systematic written records, and can be constantly accumulated, readjusted and improved.
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