Sookja Cho's Transforming Gender and Emotion: The Butterfly Lovers Story in China and Korea is an invaluable work that enriches the field of comparative studies in the East Asian literary tradition. The book explores how the Butterfly Lovers story emerged and traveled to different regions of China and Korea, and how its themes and narrative structure have changed in different historical times. China, Japan, and Korea share a premodern literary tradition centered on Chinese writings as the political and cultural lingua franca and the barometer of civilization. However, English-language scholarship has paid little attention to the transmission, adaptation, and transformation of literature among these three countries during premodern times.

The Butterfly Lovers is a love story about Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, who meet on their way to the Confucian Academy and fall in love while studying together. Ultimately, this leads to their deaths after Zhu's family arranges her marriage...

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