Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Asian Studies

Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors, Honors College

First Advisor

Erik Esselstrom


Cao Cao, China, Japan, pop culture, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Luo Guanzhong


There are few works of Chinese literature more popular than Sanguo Yanyi, or The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. And there are few characters more complicated than the warlord Cao Cao. Numerous adaptations of this work have been produced in both China and Japan, many of which interpret Cao Cao in different ways. This paper seeks to determine the differences between Chinese and Japanese interpretations of Cao Cao in various adaptations. It then turns to the question of what reasons, whether cultural or practical, would have caused these differences.


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