Mulans Legend and Legacy in China and the United States (American Literatures Initiative Lan Dong

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Published: December 10th 2010

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280 pages


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Mulans Legend and Legacy in China and the United States (American Literatures Initiative  by  Lan Dong

Mulans Legend and Legacy in China and the United States (American Literatures Initiative by Lan Dong
December 10th 2010 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 280 pages | ISBN: | 4.42 Mb

Mulan, the warrior maiden who performed heroic deeds in battle while dressed as a male soldier, has had many incarnations from her first appearance as a heroine in an ancient Chinese folk ballad. Mulans story was retold for centuries, extolling theMoreMulan, the warrior maiden who performed heroic deeds in battle while dressed as a male soldier, has had many incarnations from her first appearance as a heroine in an ancient Chinese folk ballad. Mulans story was retold for centuries, extolling the filial virtue of the young woman who placed her fathers honour and well-being above her own.

With the publication of Maxine Hong Kingstons The Woman Warrior in the late 1970s, Mulan first became familiar to American audiences who were fascinated with the extraordinary Asian American character. Mulans story was recast yet again in the popular 1998 animated Disney film and its sequel. In Mulans Legend and Legacy in China and the United States, Lan Dong traces the development of this popular icon and asks, Who is the real Mulan? and What does authenticity mean for the critic looking at this story? Dong charts this characters literary voyage across historical and geographical borders, discussing the narratives and images of Mulan over a long time spanofrom pre-modern China to the contemporary United States to Mulans counter-migration back to her homeland.As Dong shows, Mulan has been reinvented repeatedly in both China and the United States so that her character represents different agendas in each retellingoespecially after she reached the western hemisphere.

The dutiful and loyal daughter, the fierce, pregnant warrior, and the feisty teenaged heroineoeach is Mulan representing an idea about female virtue at a particular time and place.



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