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Idema, W. L. (2012). Old tales for new times: Some comments on the cultural translation of
china's four great folktales in the twentieth century. Taiwan Journal of East Asian
Studies, 9 (17), no.1, 25-46.
Idema talks about the history and culture behind the four great Chinese folktales. He
discusses how they have all developed over time and the changing purposes they served as China
moved into modern times. He writes about the multiple symbolic meanings and interpretations
people can draw from each story in relation to China’s history and older ways of life. He touches
on the idea of drama and fiction in modern China versus literature in premodern China. He
concludes by addressing the folktales’ possible role as a reminder of the culturally vibrant
In-Text Citation: (Idema, 2012). Idema (2012)
Verbal Citation: Idema (2012), a scholar and sinologist teaching at Harvard University
specializing in Chinese drama and literature, explains that, these four stories were selected as
"the four great folktales".
McLaren, A. E. (2009). Meng Jiangnü brings down the great wall: Ten versions of a Chinese
legend. NAN NU -- Men, Women & Gender In Early & Imperial China, 11(2), 302-304.
A review of the book "Meng Jiangnü Brings Down the Great Wall: Ten Versions of a
Chinese Legend," by Wilt L. Idema is presented in this article as well as commentary on an
insightful and informative introduction by Idema and a stimulating article by Haiyan Lee.
McLaren discusses the anthology of the book as well as the different takes and interpreted views
on Meng Jiangnü’s story. The suffering of the woman weeping for her dead husband rapidly
became part of the emancipatory and feminist agenda of the May Fourth reformers as the story of
Meng Jiangnü was considered “the founding legend of the May Fourth folklore movement.”
In-Text Citation: (McLaren, 2009). McLaren (2009)
Verbal Citation: McLaren (2009), a Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of
Melbourne, Australia, specializes in Chinese performance traditions and popular fiction, in her
book review on the story of Lady Meng, McLaren discusses how Meng is seen as an individual
liberating voice acting outside the structures of power.
Pruech, M. (2009). The legend of Mengjiangnu. Calliope, 20(3), 19.
The tragic romance story of the legendary character, Lady Meng, also known as Meng
Jiangnü, is the focus of this article. Lady Meng Jiang and Fan Qiliang, a young moral man, fall in
love and get married. Shortly after the marriage, imperial troops seized Fan Qiliang and force
him to work on building the Great Wall of China. Distraught, Meng Jiangnü set out for the Great
Wall. But, when she reached the area known today as Shanhaiguan Pass, it was too late. Her
husband was already dead, and Lady Meng eventually commits suicide. The story revolves
around the themes of forced labor and the power of love.
In-text Citation: (Pruech, 2009). Pruech (2009)
Verbal Citation: Dr. Pruech (2009), is a Research Associate and researches material culture in
and narrates the legend of Lady Meng Jiang and her ultimate fidelity to her husband.
Timm, L. (2014). The Butterfly Lovers: A look at china’s Romeo and Juliet. The Epoch Times
Zhu, the only girl out of her eight siblings, was taught to read and write by her loving
father. Having a passion for education, Zhu dresses up as a male to gain access to a school.
Within three years of her stay there, she meets the handsome young man, Liang Shanbo and falls
in love. When she finally leaves school, Liang discovers her true identity and realizes his own
love for her. He seeks her ought only to find that she is engaged to Ma Wecai to enforce a
stronger familial alliance. He falls ill due to grief and passes away. When Yingtai visits his grave
on her wedding day to Ma, the earth near the grave splits open and pulls her in. Two butterflies
miraculously appear from the crack, showing the reunification of the couple in the afterlife.
In-Text Citation: (Timm, 2014). Timm (2014)
Verbal Citation: Timm (2014), a reporter for the Epoch Times specializes in the topics of
Chinese current events, history, and traditional culture explains how a young female named Zhu
Yingtai met her star-crossed lover.
MUSIC VIDEO-“Now” by miguel
▪ View the movie and/or the music video
➢ Make a list of 3 important (3 ideas per person) ideas discussed in the movie/music
video (Please review the key terms list on campus).
▪ Each group member will utilize at least 2 peer reviewed sources in their research that
explore these ideas.
➢ Select a topic. ▪ Discuss topic ideas with your partner and select a topic (Example
Topic: Power, Gender and Sexual Harassment)
▪ Confirm topic with your partner and write a specific purpose. ▪ Get your topic and
specific purpose approved by your instructor. ➢ Create an annotated bibliography for
each of your 2 written sources (4 total).
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