Meng Jiangnü Brings Down the Great Wall

Meng Jiangnü Brings Down the Great Wall

责  任  者 :Wilt L. Idema
出  版  者 :University of Washington Press
索  书  号 : I276.3/I19
馆藏地点 :八楼多元文化馆
发布时间 :2018-02-27
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The tale of Meng Jiangnü is one of the most popular and widespread legend of traditional Chinese literature. It tells that a woman in Qin Dynasty named Meng Jiang makes a long and tough journey to send winter clothes to her husband, a laborer working on the Great Wall construction project, but only to find her husband dying of hunger, coldness, and overwork. Her tears of grief transform into magic power which collapses the Wall and exposes her husband’s bones.
This book presents ten versions of the tale of Meng Jiangnü and translates them into English, five of which are ballads from late Imperial China, another five are collected in the countryside in recent decades. Among these versions, different elements of the story are elaborated upon, downplayed, or left out depending on the particular moral lessons that the authors and singers wished to impart.