By C. T. Hsia, Wai-yee Li, George Kao

This anthology positive aspects translations of ten seminal performs written throughout the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), a interval thought of the golden age of chinese language theater. through turns lyrical and earthy, sentimental and ironic, Yuan drama spans a huge emotional, linguistic, and stylistic variety. Combining sung arias with declaimed verses and doggerels, dialogues and mime, and jokes and acrobatic feats, Yuan drama shaped an essential component of China's tradition of functionality and leisure within the 13th and fourteenth centuries.

To date, few Yuan-dynasty performs were translated into English. recognized translators and students have supervised the making of this assortment and upload a brief description to every play. A basic advent situates all decisions inside their cultural and historic contexts.

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Now there’s only Zhao Shuo, who’s with the princess in the lord’s palace. As the lord’s son-in-law, he cannot be so easily put to death without proper procedure. 19 He is to choose one and commit suicide. I have 22 Hi st o r ic a l Pl ay s instructed the messenger to waste no time on the road and come back quickly to report to me. (Recites:) Kin and kith—all three hundred have been erased, Leaving behind Zhao Shuo, the lone survivor. No matter now which gift of death he is to taste, The root will be with the grasses laid waste.

32 H i st o r i c a l Pl ay s [Liangzhou Number Seven] At his headquarters the marshal parades his powers and might, I withdrew from office and in farming in Peace Village seek respite. The insignia and privileges41 of the official are for me a long-gone sight. 43 He turns a blind eye to injustices, And turns a deaf ear to curses. On flatterers he confers the greatest honors and distinction,44 To enemies of the loyal and just he offers profit and promotion, For embezzlers undermining the realm he provides titles and recognition.

We found the Zhao Orphan in a cave. Tu Angu (laughing:) Bring the little brat over. I’ll personally chop him in three. Old wretch: you said the Zhao Orphan is not here—who is this then? Gongsun Chujiu (sings:) [Paddling on the River] Back then you trained the Divine Ao To pounce on the loyal ministers. Forced to flee to the wilderness, he died there. His son fell on a dagger, His son’s wife hanged herself with a sash. You slaughtered all three hundred in the clan, old and young, Sparing none, And even then your heart is not satisfied.

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