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Chinese Theatre

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ISBN-10: 0521186668

ISBN-13: 9780521186667

Edition: 3rd 2012

Authors: Jin Fu

List price: $38.95
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Many colorful theatrical activities can be found throughout China. The best known and most unique of these is perhaps traditional Chinese opera, which has a history of over 800 years. However, since the early twentieth century, following increased contact with the West, drama without music has also become popular in China. The development and prosperity of modern drama has created a new landscape for Chinese theater, which, as a whole, has become more diverse. In this illustrated introduction Fu Jin explores the origins and development of this distinctive branch of the Chinese arts.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Fu Jin is a Professor of the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, a researcher at the Institute of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage, Sun Yat-sen University and doctoral advisor at the China Art Academy. He has published widely on the history, modernization and localization of Chinese theater.

Introduction: The Origins of Chinese Theatre
Sacrificial Entertainments
The Development of Music and Dance
Xinong and the Art of "Singing with Speaking"
Towering Peaks: Song Xiwen and Yuan Zaju
Southern Xiwen during the Song Dynasty
The Prosperity of Yuan Zaju
Guan Hanqing's Remarkable Achievement
Refinement and Elegance: Chuanqi of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and Kunqu Opera
Scholars Reinvent Xiwen
Kunqu Opera and the Exquisite Peony Pavilion
Palace of Eternity and Peach Blossom Fan
Li Yu and Kunqu Opera Stage Performances
Flowers in Bloom: Chinese Opera Diversifies
The Spread of Yiyang and Clapper Opera
Competition between Huabu and Yabu
From Playlets to Full-Scale Operas
Modern Stage Plays
Global Presence
The New Theatres
The Global Success of Mei Lanfang
Improvements to Traditional Opera and Model Opera
Chinese Theatre Looks Forward
Appendix: Chronological Table of the Chinese Dynasties