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The Columbia Anthology of Yuan Drama, Paperback / softback Book


This anthology features translations of ten seminal plays written during the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), a period considered the golden age of Chinese theater.

By turns lyrical and earthy, sentimental and ironic, Yuan drama spans a broad emotional, linguistic, and stylistic range.

Combining sung arias with declaimed verses and doggerels, dialogues and mime, and jokes and acrobatic feats, Yuan drama formed a vital part of China's culture of performance and entertainment in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. To date, few Yuan-dynasty plays have been translated into English.

Well-known translators and scholars have supervised the making of this collection and add a short description to each play.

A general introduction situates all selections within their cultural and historical contexts.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780231122672



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