Liang Luo's The Global White Snake is a timely addition to the growing body of interdisciplinary scholarship on the “nonhuman turn” that has emerged in the twenty-first century. This is also the first book-length study to examine the remaking of the White Snake legends in the contemporary world. In her first monograph, The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China,1 Luo discussed the White Snake's transformations from the early years of the Republic of China to the first decade of the People's Republic of China. In The Global White Snake, Luo consciously takes a “peripheral” approach by examining the White Snake legends in spaces outside mainland China. The author's multilingual ability allows her to trace the global travels of the White Snake legends in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English productions.

The book consists of eight chapters. Chapter 1 provides a comprehensive overview of the White Snake legends,...

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