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The Metamorphosis of Tianxian Pei: Local Opera Under the Revolution (1946–1956) by Wilt L. Idema (review)

The Metamorphosis of Tianxian Pei: Local Opera Under the Revolution (1946–1956) by Wilt L. Idema... book reviews China THE METAMORPHOSIS OF TIANXIAN PEI: LOCAL OPERA UNDER THE REVOLUTION (1946­1956). By Wilt L. Idema. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2015. 344 + x pp. $45.00 Tianxian Pei, translated throughout this text as Married to a Heavenly Immortal, is a well-known Huangmei opera. Popular in the PRC since its performance at the 1954 East China Theater Festival, its success led to an iconic film the following year, an adaptation that in turn influenced the stage as well as spawning innumerable televisual and cinematic imitations. The Huangmei opera is a version of the legend of Dong Yong, one of the Twenty-four Exemplars of Filial Piety, a narrative known since the second century bce and recorded in many versions in oral literature and popular literature. Idema treated the prerevolutionary history of the narrative and translated texts in his 2009 work Filial Piety and Its Divine Rewards: The Legend of Dong Yong and Weaving Maiden with Related Texts. Along with similarly structured books on such narratives as White Snake, Meng Jiangnü, and the Butterfly Lovers (Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai), Filial Piety contributes to a monumental corpus Idema is establishing for the study of central Chinese folklore narratives http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

The Metamorphosis of Tianxian Pei: Local Opera Under the Revolution (1946–1956) by Wilt L. Idema (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 33 (2) – Aug 9, 2016

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book reviews China THE METAMORPHOSIS OF TIANXIAN PEI: LOCAL OPERA UNDER THE REVOLUTION (1946­1956). By Wilt L. Idema. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2015. 344 + x pp. $45.00 Tianxian Pei, translated throughout this text as Married to a Heavenly Immortal, is a well-known Huangmei opera. Popular in the PRC since its performance at the 1954 East China Theater Festival, its success led to an iconic film the following year, an adaptation that in turn influenced the stage as well as spawning innumerable televisual and cinematic imitations. The Huangmei opera is a version of the legend of Dong Yong, one of the Twenty-four Exemplars of Filial Piety, a narrative known since the second century bce and recorded in many versions in oral literature and popular literature. Idema treated the prerevolutionary history of the narrative and translated texts in his 2009 work Filial Piety and Its Divine Rewards: The Legend of Dong Yong and Weaving Maiden with Related Texts. Along with similarly structured books on such narratives as White Snake, Meng Jiangnü, and the Butterfly Lovers (Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai), Filial Piety contributes to a monumental corpus Idema is establishing for the study of central Chinese folklore narratives

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 9, 2016

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