Mulan: Five Versions of a Classic Chinese Legend

Start Date: October 23, 2019
End Date: November 19, 2019
Time Detail: 4 Sessions; 8 PD Hour
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: The legend of Mulan--the daughter who disguises herself as a man, dons her father's armor, and heads off to war in his place--remains one of the most popular Chinese folktales despite (or because of) its lack of supernatural demonstrations or interventions.

This volume offers lively translations of the earliest recorded version of the legend and several later iterations of the tale (including the screenplay of the hugely successful 1939 Chinese film Mulan Joins the Army), illustrating the many ways that reinterpretations of this basic story reflect changes in Chinese cultural, political, and sexual attitudes.

The course will trace the evolution of the Mulan legend and its significance in the history of Chinese popular culture. The text offers annotations explaining terms and references unfamiliar to Western readers, a glossary, and a comprehensive bibliography which will further enhance the value of bringing this book to your classroom and students.
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