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Idema, W. L. (Wilt L.)

Overview
Works: 205 works in 598 publications in 2 languages and 22,184 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Bibliography  Reference works  History  Romance fiction  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Actor, Recipient, Correspondent
Classifications: PL2693, 895.109
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by W. L Idema
Personal salvation and filial piety : two precious scroll narratives of Guanyin and her acolytes by W. L Idema( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The bodhisattva Avalokitesvara was a handsome prince when he entered China. As Guanyin, the bodhisattva was venerated from the eleventh century onward in the shape of a beautiful woman who became a universal savior. Throughout the last millennium, the female Guanyin has enjoyed wide and fervid veneration throughout East Asia and has appeared as a major character in literature and legend. In one tale, Guanyin (as the princess Miaoshan) returns from the dead after being executed by the king, her father, for refusing to marry. The most popular version ofthis legend is The Precious Scroll of Incense Mountain (Xiangshan baojuan), a long narrative in prose and verse and a work of considerable literary merit. It emphasizes the conflict between father and daughter, in the course of which all conventional arguments against a religious lifestyle are paraded and rebutted. A lengthy description of Guanyin's visit to the underworld, which focuses on the conflict between grace and justice, is also included." "Personal Salvation and Filial Piety offers a complete and fully annotated translation of The Precious Scroll of Incense Mountain, based on a nineteenth-century edition. The translation is preceded by a substantial introduction that discusses the origin of the text and the genre to which it belongs and highlights the similarities and differences between the scroll and female saints' lives from medieval Europe. There follows a translation of the much-shorter The Precious Scroll of Good-in-Talent and Dragon Girl, which provides a humorous account of how Guanyin acquired the three acolytes - Sudhana, Nagakanya, and a white parrot - who are often shown surrounding her in popular prints." "As the first English-language translation of major "precious scrolls," Personal Salvation and Filial Piety will appeal to a wide range of readers - from scholars of Chinese literature to students of Buddhism. Beyond the field of East Asian studies, it will interest specialists in comparative religion and literature and feminist theologians. Because of its lively and moving narratives, the text is suitable for courses on popular Buddhist religiosity (particularly female religiosity) in Chinese society."--Jacket
Judge Bao and the rule of law : eight ballad-stories from the period 1250-1450 by W. L Idema( )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pure, orthodox and incorruptible, Judge Bao has been serving as the preeminent embodiment of justice in China for almost a thousand years, so much so his court cases have been adapted as stories, novels and plays over the centuries. Now, for the very first time a series of eight ballad-stories on Judge Bao, dating from the period 1250-1450, are offered in a complete and annotated translation. These texts will provide the reader a reflection of the legend of Judge Bao in its earliest phase of development, with an extended introduction placing the ballad-stories in context with the development of the Judge Bao legend. These ballad-stories, in contrast to past plays dating from the same period, present abuse of power and corruption as endemic in the courts and bureaucratic service, and show Judge Bao imposing the rule of law even on the emperor."--Cover
Text, performance, and gender in Chinese literature and music : essays in honor of Wilt Idema( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilt Idema is one of the world's leading scholars and translators of Chinese literature, with research interests ranging from classical poetry to premodern fiction, performance literature and women's writing. His oeuvre is exceptional in its inclusiveness and its ability to let different historical periods, genres and issues speak to one another, and to make the riches of Chinese literature accessible to a wide range of readers. In honor of his work, this collection brings together new research by twenty-two prominent scholars in a field of tremendous scope and diversity, on topics including genre characteristics, literary representations of social and political history, gender and cultural identity, music, autobiography, women's writing, internet literature and more
The Generals of the Yang Family : four early plays by W. L Idema( )

13 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a complete translation of four early plays of the Yang family generals. The story of the Yang family generals, particularly its female generals, was a perennial favorite on the Chinese stage in the 19th and 20th centuries. In detailing the role of this military family in the Song-Khitan wars of the mid-12th century, these four plays are all in the form of zaju, a type of play that originated in the 13th century. These plays are from the 15th and 16th centuries and allow a glimpse into earlier renditions of the Yang family saga, which is a decidedly more male-centered tradition than that performed in the Qing dynasty. This volume offers the only complete English-language translation of these early plays. These plays allow access to the earliest phase in the development of the Yang family saga. The plays provide information on the staging of large battle scenes on the stage and have considerable literary and cultural value
The romance of the western chamber by Shifu Wang( )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"China's most important love comedy, Wang Shifu's Xixiangji, or The Story of the Western Wing, is a rollicking play that chronicles the adventures of the star-crossed lovers Oriole and Student Zhang. Since its appearance in the thirteenth century, it has enjoyed unparalleled popularity. The play has given rise to innumerable sequels, parodies, and rewritings it has influenced countless later plays, short stories, and novels and has played a crucial role in the development of drama criticism. This translation of the full and complete text of the earliest extant version is available in paperback for the first time. The editors' introduction will inform students of Chinese cultural and literary traditions."--Publisher description
Meng Jiangnü brings down the Great Wall : ten versions of a Chinese legend by W. L Idema( )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meng Jiangnü Brings Down the Great Wall brings together ten versions of a popular Chinese legend that has intrigued readers and listeners for hundreds of years. Elements of the story date back to the early centuries B.C.E. and are an intrinsic part of Chinese literary history
Heroines of Jiangyong : Chinese narrative ballads in women's script by W. L Idema( )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Heroines of Jiangyong is the first English translation of a set of verse narratives recorded in the unique women's script (nushu) of rural Jiangyong County, Hunan, in southern China. This selection of Chinese folk literature provides a rare window into the everyday life of rural daughters, wives, and mothers, as they transmit valuable lessons about surviving in a patriarchal society that is often harsh and unforgiving. Featuring strong female protagonists, the ballads deal with moral issues, dangers women face outside the family home, and the difficulties of childbirth." "The women's script, which represents units of sound in the local Chinese dialect, was discovered by scholars in the late twentieth century, creating a stir in China and abroad." "This volume offers a full translation of all the longer ballads in women's script, providing an exceptional opportunity to observe which specific narratives appealed to rural women in traditional China. The translations are preceded by a brief introduction to women's script and its scholarship, and a discussion of each of the twelve selections."--Jacket
Escape from blood pond hell : the tales of Mulian and Woman Huang by Beata Grant( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These translations of 'The Precious Scroll of the Three Lives of Mulian' and 'Woman Huang Recites the Diamond Sutra' are late-19th-century examples of baojuan (literally, 'precious scrolls'), a Chinese folk genre featuring alternating verse and prose that was used by monks to illustrate religious precepts for lay listeners
Chinese studies in the Netherlands : past, present and future by W. L Idema( )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The articles in this volume evaluate Chinese studies in the Netherlands in their historical development
The Orphan of Zhao and other Yuan plays : the earliest known versions by Stephen H West( )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven Yuan dynasty era plays (1250-1400) in 14th century recension, some with later versions. All are translated into English
The resurrected skeleton : from Zhuangzi to Lu Xun by W. L Idema( )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The early Chinese text Master Zhuang ( Zhuangzi) is known for its relativistic philosophy and colorful anecdotes. In the work, Zhuang Zhou (ca. 300 B.C.E.) dreams that he is a butterfly and wonders, upon awaking, if he in fact dreamed that he was a butterfly or if the butterfly is now dreaming that it is Zhuang Zhou. The text also recounts Master Zhuang's encounter with a skull, which praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with Chinese poets of the second and third century C.E. and found renewed significance with the founders of Quanzhen Daoism in the twelfth century. The Quanzhen masters transformed the skull into a skeleton and treated the object as a metonym for death and a symbol of the refusal of enlightenment. Later preachers made further revisions, adding Master Zhuang's resurrection of the skeleton, a series of accusations made by the skeleton against the philosopher, and the enlightenment of the magistrate who judges their case. The legend of the skeleton was popular throughout the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and the fiction writer Lu Xun (1881-1936) reimagined it in the modern era. This book translates and contextualizes the story's major adaptations and draws parallels with the Muslim legend of Jesus's encounter with a skull and the European tradition of the Dance of Death
A guide to Chinese literature by W. L Idema( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and Dutch and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new supplement to courses on Chinese or World literature in translation
Two centuries of Manchu women poets : an anthology by W. L Idema( )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This anthology presents substantial selections from the work of twenty Manchu women poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The poems, inspired by their daily life and reflections, provide fascinating insights into the experiences and emotions of these women, most of whom belonged to the elite families of Manchu society. Each selection is accompanied by biographical material that illuminates the life stories of the poets. The volume's introduction describes the printing history of the collections from which these poems are drawn, the authors' practice of poetry writing, ethnic and gender issues, and comparisons with the poetry of women in South China and of male authors of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911)." --publisher description
Metamorphosis of Tianxian pei : local opera under the revolution (1949--1956) by W. L Idema( )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is by far the best study of Huangmei Opera as social and cultural history of twentieth-century China. A regional opera of the countryside of the Anqing area, Huangmei Opera became popular all over China along with the great success of the play and the movie Married to a Heavenly Immortal in the 1950s. Through the case of Married to a Heavenly Immortal, Idema illustrates the complicated process of rewriting and revising the play/movie in the context of a rapidly changing cultural and ideological climate during the Communist theater reform movement. As a result, the traditional theme of filial piety was turned into class struggle and the pursuit of free love. The book is enriched by a full translation of a traditional version of the play and a revised one in the 1950s, as well as selected articles by script-writers, directors, performers, and critics. These primary sources allow readers to access inside views of the contemporaries and their political and artistic concerns. This book contributes substantially to the current scholarship on traditional Chinese opera, especially studies on Chinese theater and operatic movies in the early years of the People's Republic of China. - Wilt L. Idema is a pioneering scholar and translator of Chinese literature, especially noncanonical texts of drama, fiction, poetry, and prose. He obtained his doctorate from Leiden University, where he remained on the faculty for many years. Since 2000, he has been teaching as Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Idema was the dean of School of Humanities at Leiden University and the director of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard. He has published extensively in English, German, and Chinese on topics of Chinese fiction, vernacular literature, and women's writings, including "Filial Piety and Its Divine Rewards."
The red brush : writing women of imperial China by W. L Idema( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Ban Zhao (ca. 60-ca. 115 C.E.) to Qiu Jin (1875-1907), spanning the two millennia of imperial China (221 B.C.E.-1911), the authors of The Red Brush trace the lives and works of writing women: empresses and palace ladies, daughters of the elite, courtesans, nuns, peasant wives, and cross-dressing revolutionaries. Wilt Idema and Beata Grant have compiled in this volume an ambitious and illuminating collection of poetry, prose, drama, and fiction, as well as memorials, letters, religious writings, and other documents by women writers of imperial China, all in new translations. Many of these writings are of substantial literary quality, and all of them offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the women writers of this period."--Jacket
The moon and the zither : the story of the western wing = [Xin kan qi miao quan xiang zhu shi Xi xiang ji] by Shifu Wang( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"China's most important love comedy, Wang Shifu's Xixiangji, or The Story of the Western Wing, is a rollicking play that chronicles the adventures of the star-crossed lovers Oriole and Student Zhang. Since its appearance in the thirteenth century, it has enjoyed unparalleled popularity. The play has given rise to innumerable sequels, parodies, and rewritings it has influenced countless later plays, short stories, and novels and has played a crucial role in the development of drama criticism. This translation of the full and complete text of the earliest extant version is available in paperback for the first time. The editors' introduction will inform students of Chinese cultural and literary traditions"--Publisher
Monks, bandits, lovers, and immortals : eleven early Chinese plays by W. L Idema( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finding list of northern dramas in this anthology by editions -- Table of dynasties -- Conventions -- Guan Hanqing -- Moving heaven and shaking earth: the injustice to Dou E -- Rescriptor-in-waiting Bao thrice investigates the butterfly dream -- Beauty pining in her boudoir: the pavilion for praying to the moon / Bai Pu -- Autumn nights of the lustrous Emperor of Tang: rain on the Wutong tree / Ma Zhiyuan -- Breaking a troubling dream: a lone goose in autumn over the palaces of Han / Zheng Guangzu -- Dazed behind the green ring lattice, Qiann's soul leaves her body / Li Xingdao -- Rescriptor-in-waiting Bao's clever trick: the record of the chalk circle / Anonymous -- Zhongli of the Han leads Lan Caihe to enlightenment / Zhu Youdun -- Leopard monk returns to the laity of his own accord -- Black Whirlwind Li spurns riches out of righteousness -- Writing club of Hangzhou -- Little Butcher Sun -- Appendix 1: Note on the translation and study of early Chinese drama in Europe and the United States -- Appendix 2: Suggested readings -- Appendix 3: Partial list of modern English translations of early drama
Trauma and transcendence in early Qing literature( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mulan : five versions of a classic Chinese legend with related texts by Shiamin Kwa( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 centuries of changes in Chinese cultural, polit
Mouse vs. cat in Chinese literature : tales and commentary by W. L Idema( )

5 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wilt Idema presents Chinese tales about cats and mice, situating them in the Chinese literary tradition as a whole, and within Chinese imaginative depictions of animals. In the literatures of the ancient and modern Near East, South Asia, and medieval Europe, animal fables exhibited a range of anthropomorphic views, but Chinese literature is notable for its relative paucity of extended animal tales and rarity of talking animals. From ancient Egypt to China, rodents have long been vilified as thieves of grain in agrarian society, in perennial war with felines. Through varied depictions of the cat-mouse relationship, this set of tales allows to reader to consider the metaphorical roles of these animals in the Chinese literary imagination and to ponder their unusually prominent--and verbal--role in these stories. Of central focus is the legal case of the mouse against the cat in the underworld court of King Yama, a popular topic in the traditional ballad literature of late-imperial China and of present-day Chinese folk literature. Idema traces the development and variations of this theme of mice and cats in classical literature; to other stories of mice and cats in traditional vernacular literature; and to stories about the wedding of the mouse to the cat and the war between mice and cats. An epilogue traces the treatment of enmity between rodents and felines worldwide, and a foreword by Haiyan Lee explores the relevance of these tales to posthumanist consideration of human-animal relations. This entertaining volume will appeal to readers interested in Chinese literature and society, comparative literature, and animal studies in the humanities"--
 
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A guide to Chinese literature
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Judge Bao and the rule of law : eight ballad-stories from the period 1250-1450Text, performance, and gender in Chinese literature and music : essays in honor of Wilt IdemaThe romance of the western chamberMeng Jiangnü brings down the Great Wall : ten versions of a Chinese legendHeroines of Jiangyong : Chinese narrative ballads in women's scriptEscape from blood pond hell : the tales of Mulian and Woman HuangA guide to Chinese literatureThe red brush : writing women of imperial China
Alternative Names
Idema, W.

Idema, W.I. 1944-

Idema, W. L.

Idema W. L. 1944-....

Idema. W. L. (Wilt L.), 1944-

Idema, Wilt.

Idema, Wilt 1944-

Idema, Wilt L.

Idema Wilt L. 1944-....

Idema, Wilt Lucas

Idema, Wilt Lukas.

Idema, Wilt Lukas 1944-

W. L. Idema sinolog

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Yi, Weide

Yi, Weide 1944-

伊维德

伊维德 1944-

Languages
English (217)

Dutch (2)