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The Flower Princess

A Cantonese Opera by Tong Dik Sang

Translated, edited and introduced by Bell Yung

Publication Year: 2010

THE FLOWER PRINCESS (Dae Neui Fa or Din?hua in Mandarin) has become the most renowned Cantonese Opera since its 1957 premier in Hong Kong. The opera is a serious political drama played out between the Han and non-Han following the fall of the Ming dynasty, and the plot pits romantic love against the lofty Confucian ideals of social hierarchy and moral rectitude. This is the first complete English translation of the opera, featuring text, song titles, speech types, and choreographic and stage setting. It also contains a foreword by Pak Suet Sin (Bai Xuexian), the celebrated Cantonese Opera actress who created the role of the Princess in the original production.

Published by: Chinese University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Forward

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pp. vii-viii

As one of the interpreters in the original production, I am delighted to learn that the English translation of The Flower Princess (Dae Neui Fa, DinĂ¼hua in Mandarin) will soon be published. This is the masterwork written by Mr. Tong Dik Sang (Tang Disheng in Mandarin) at the peak of his career. ...

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

This book provides an English translation of a complete Cantonese Opera, the first of its kind. As a complement to translations of Kun Opera and Peking Opera already published, the Cantonese Opera adds to the existing corpus of Chinese performing literature for reading pleasure and as a text of Chinese literature in translation for college-level courses. ...

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xv-xvi

In the course of working on this project, from its inception ten years ago to its fruition today, I received help and support from many friends and colleagues, in Hong Kong and in the United States. First and foremost is my heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Pak Suet Sin, the pre-eminent performer of Cantonese Opera ...

Illustrations

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pp. xvii-xxiv

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Introduction

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pp. 1-24

Theatrical performances telling a story through acting, singing and dancing have a long history in China, whose diverse regional languages and cultures produced a large number of traditional forms and styles. According to a survey conducted in 1957, China has over 350 different styles of such theater based upon their places of origin or their centers of activity, ...

The Flower Princess (English)

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pp. 25-116

Glossary

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pp. 117-119

Pronunciation Guide for the Cantonese Dialect (Yale System)

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pp. 120-122

The Flower Princess (Chinese)

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pp. 123-222


E-ISBN-13: 9789629969240
Print-ISBN-13: 9789629963743

Page Count: 244
Illustrations: N
Publication Year: 2010