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Journey to the West (Monkey: Folk Novel of China) | Study Guide

Wu Ch'êng-ên, Arthur Waley

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Overview

Author

Wu Ch'êng-ên, Arthur Waley

Year Published

1942

Type

Novel

Genre

Allegory, Mythology, Religion

Perspective and Narrator

Monkey is told from the perspective of an omniscient third-person narrator. In the tradition of oral folktales, the narrator is aware of the presence of readers and addresses them directly as if telling the story to an audience.

Tense

Monkey: Folk Novel of China is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

Monkey (1942) is the first major English translation of Hsi-yu chi (Xiyouji), or The Journey to the West, by Chinese author Wu Ch'êng-ên (c. 1500–82). Its main character is an immortal stone primate known simply as Monkey. This title distinguishes British translator Arthur Waley's (1889–1966) abridged, 30-chapter version of Hsi-yu chi from Chinese American Anthony C. Yu's (1938–2015) later translation published in 1983, which encompasses all 100-plus chapters of Wu's original work.

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