Mouse vs. cat in Chinese literature : tales and commentary / translated and introduced by Wilt L. Idema ; foreword by Haiyan Lee
- Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Thieving Rats and Pampered Cats -- Rapacious Rats -- Deserving Mice -- Performing Mice -- Revered Rats -- Wildcats and Pussycats -- Buddhist Cats -- Good Mousers and Lazy Pets -- Demonic Cats -- Cat Lovers and Cat Lore -- ch. 2 The White Mouse and the Five Rats -- The White Mouse -- The Five Rats -- The Execution of the Five Rats -- ch. 3 A Wedding and a Court Case -- The Marriage of the Mouse -- The Court Case -- Other Genres -- The Mutual Accusations of the Cat and the Mouse -- The Scroll of the Accusation of the Mouse against the Cat -- ch. 4 A Tale without Shape or Shadow -- Expanding the Court Case -- Prequels: Creation and Pride -- Prequels: The Crashed Wedding -- Prequels: The War of the Mice against the Cat -- A Tale without Shape or Shadow -- ch. 5 Peace Negotiations and Dystopias -- Actualized Versions of the Court Case -- Modern and Contemporary Authors on Cats and Rats.
- "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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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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