Famously known as the “Chinese Romeo and Juliet,” the story of the butterfly lovers recounts the life of Zhu Yingtai, a gentry woman who crosses dress for entering a Confucian academy and there falls in love with a classmate Liang Shanbo (for convenience the author refers to this tale as Liang-Zhu). Since early medieval China (220–589), when this ostensibly true event happened in Ningbo, this love story has been adapted and embellished countless times in China and other East Asian countries. The tale has attracted wide-ranging attentions from Chinese and international scholars, but Sookja Cho is the first scholar in any language to take an in-depth and multifaceted approach to the tale. Cho views the tale as a “living, unfixed folk tradition” (8) through which she explores inter- and cross-cultural discourses from a comparative perspective. The originality of this book lies in the arguments she advances in the domain...

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