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The Lioness Roars: Shrew Stories from Late Imperial China

81 Lioness Roars
Yenna WU
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This anthology offers translations of seven stories and one novella from the 17th and 18th centuries, with a critical introduction and bibliography. To date there are no translations from the premodern period which focus exclusively on women, let alone the image of the shrew. These stories are among the most representative and memorable of those featuring the prototypical Chinese shrew, a prominent figure in premodern Chinese fiction and drama. Unique in being thematically organized, The Lioness Roars provides manageable (and fun) literary source readings for courses on Chinese women, Chinese history or Chinese literature. | 170 pages


  • Acknowledgments
  • Chinese Dynasties
  • Introduction
  • A Jealous Wife Becomes A Widow
  • Jie Zhitui Traps His Jealous Wife In An Inferno
  • Ma Jiefu
  • Jiangcheng
  • Woman Shao
  • Shanhu
  • Hengniang
  • Curing Jealousy
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Chinese Character List


  • "The translations read well and provide interesting, unusual, and sometimes hilarious stories from the Qing Dynasty.… [Appropriate for] all collections." — Choice
  • "Provides a rich resource for introducing a variety of fictional and dramatic works, hitherto little mentioned in Western scholarship, into the classroom." — Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association

  • Yenna WU received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1986 and is currently Professor of Chinese, Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages at the University of California at Riverside. She is the author of The Chinese Virago: A Literary Theme (Harvard University, 1995) and Chinese the Easy Way (Barron's Educational Series, 1999).  She has edited Zhongguo wenxue yu funu lunji [Critical essays on Chinese literature and women] (Taipei, Taiwan, 1999), and has published over thirty articles and a number of translations and reviews. She currently serves as President of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.

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