Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Chinese

First Advisor

Andrew Stuckey

Second Advisor

Dimitri Nakassis

Third Advisor

Matthias L. Richter

Abstract

An original translation of Bai Xianyong’s “Wandering Through a Garden, Waking from a Dream” along with an introduction to the author as well as a note on translation. “Wandering through a Garden, Waking from a Dream” describes a gathering of former Kun Opera singers ten years after the nationalist army’s retreat to Taiwan. The story depicts the alienation of mainlanders exiled to Taiwan through the psychology of Madam Qian, a former Kun Opera star, as she struggles to reconcile her past in Nanjing with her present in Taiwan. Amid the merriment of the night, “Wandering through a Garden, Waking from a Dream” depicts the struggles of a woman pulled from the social expectations of the mainland’s high society amidst the whirling performances of Kun Opera.

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