Performing Hybridity in Colonial Modern China Book

Performing Hybridity in Colonial Modern China


  • Author : S. Liu
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2013-03-20
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 245
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137306111

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Performing Hybridity in Colonial Modern China Excerpt :

In Shanghai in the early twentieth century, a hybrid theatrical form, wenmingxi, emerged that was based on Western spoken theatre, classical Chinese theatre, and a Japanese hybrid form known as shinpa. This book places it in the context of its hybridized literary and performance elements, giving it a definitive place in modern Chinese theatre.

Text   Presentation  2014 Book

Text Presentation 2014


  • Author : Graley Herren
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2015-01-07
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786494613

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Text Presentation 2014 Excerpt :

Text & Presentation gathers some of the best work presented at the 2014 Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore. The subjects explored in this volume range from ancient to contemporary and encompass great cultural and intellectual diversity. The highlight of the conference was a presentation by award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang. A transcript of Hwang's conversation is the lead piece, followed by twelve research papers, one review essay and ten book reviews. This volume accurately represents the diversity of the annual conference, and represents the latest research in the fields of comparative drama, performance and dramatic textual analysis.

Theatre After Empire Book

Theatre After Empire


  • Author : Megan E. Geigner
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-05-31
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429768491

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Theatre After Empire Excerpt :

Emphasizing the resilience of theatre arts in the midst of significant political change, Theatre After Empire spotlights the emergence of new performance styles in the wake of collapsed political systems. Centering on theatrical works from the late nineteenth century to the present, twelve original essays written by prominent theatre scholars showcase the development of new work after social revolutions, independence campaigns, the overthrow of monarchies, and world wars. Global in scope, this book features performances occurring across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The essays attend to a range of live events—theatre, dance, and performance art—that stage subaltern experiences and reveal societies in the midst of cultural, political, and geographic transition. This collection is an engaging resource for students and scholars of theatre and performance; world history; and those interested in postcolonialism, multiculturalism, and transnationalism.

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 2000 Book

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 2000


  • Author : Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2014-05-08
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408177211

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Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 2000 Excerpt :

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 – 2000 is a ground-breaking survey, tracking the advent of modern drama in Japan, India, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. It considers the shaping power of realism and naturalism, the influence of Western culture, the relationship between theatrical modernisation and social modernisation, and how theatre operates in contemporary Asian society. Organised by period, nation and region, each chapter provides: ·a historical overview of the culture; ·an outline of theatre history; ·a survey of significant playwrights, actors, directors, companies, plays and productions. With contributions from an international team of scholars, this authoritative introduction will uniquely equip students and scholars with a broad understanding of the modern theatre histories of Asia.

The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature Book

The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature


  • Author : Kirk A. Denton
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231541145

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The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature Excerpt :

The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature features more than fifty short essays on specific writers and literary trends from the Qing period (1895–1911) to the present. The volume opens with thematic essays on the politics and ethics of writing literary history, the formation of the canon, the relationship between language and form, the role of literary institutions and communities, the effects of censorship, the representation of the Chinese diaspora, the rise and meaning of Sinophone literature, and the role of different media in the development of literature. Subsequent essays focus on authors, their works, and the schools with which they were aligned, featuring key names, titles, and terms in English and in Chinese characters. Woven throughout are pieces on late Qing fiction, popular entertainment fiction, martial arts fiction, experimental theater, post-Mao avant-garde poetry, post–martial law fiction from Taiwan, contemporary genre fiction from China, and recent Internet literature. The volume includes essays on such authors as Liang Qichao, Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Eileen Chang, Jin Yong, Mo Yan, Wang Anyi, Gao Xingjian, and Yan Lianke. Both a teaching tool and a go-to research companion, this volume is a one-of-a-kind resource for mastering modern literature in the Chinese-speaking world.

Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing Arts Book

Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing Arts


  • Author : Levi S. Gibbs
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-11
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : 9780253045843

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Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing Arts Excerpt :

Case studies examining the individual’s role in how traditional Chinese performing arts like music and dance are represented, maintained, and cultivated. Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing Arts examines the key role of the individual in the development of traditional Chinese performing arts such as music and dance. These artists and their artistic works—the “faces of tradition” —come to represent and reconfigure broader fields of cultural production in China today. The contributors to this volume explore the ways in which performances and recordings, including singing competitions, textual anthologies, ethnographic videos, and CD albums, serve as discursive spaces where individuals engage with and redefine larger traditions and themselves. By focusing on the performance, scholarship, collection, and teaching of instrumental music, folksong, and classical dance from a variety of disciplines—these case studies highlight the importance of the individual in determining how traditions have been and are represented, maintained, and cultivated. “Faces of Tradition in Chinese Performing Arts [examines] the dynamic relationship between individual representatives of tradition and the evolution of the traditions themselves.” —A. C. Shahriari, Kent State University, Choice

Rethinking Chinese Socialist Theaters of Reform Book

Rethinking Chinese Socialist Theaters of Reform


  • Author : Xiaomei Chen
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-03
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780472074754

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Rethinking Chinese Socialist Theaters of Reform Excerpt :

Diverse perspectives on the effort to reform modern Chinese theater according to socialist cultural policies

A New Literary History of Modern China Book

A New Literary History of Modern China


  • Author : David Der-wei Wang
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-05-22
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 1032
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674967915

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A New Literary History of Modern China Excerpt :

Featuring over 140 Chinese and non-Chinese contributors, this landmark volume, edited by David Der-wei Wang, explores unconventional forms as well as traditional genres, emphasizes Chinese authors’ influence on foreign writers as well as China’s receptivity to outside literary influences, and offers vibrant contrasting voices and points of view.

Women in Asian Performance Book

Women in Asian Performance


  • Author : Arya Madhavan
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-02-10
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317422242

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Women in Asian Performance Excerpt :

Women in Asian Performance offers a vital re-assessment of women's contributions to Asian performance traditions, focusing for the first time on their specific historical, cultural and performative contexts. Arya Madhavan brings together leading scholars from across the globe to make an exciting intervention into current debates around femininity and female representation on stage. This collection looks afresh at the often centuries-old aesthetic theories and acting conventions that have informed ideas of gender in Asian performance. It is divided into three parts: erasure – the history of the presence and absence of female bodies on Asian stages; intervention – the politics of female intervention into patriarchal performance genres; reconstruction – the strategies and methods adopted by women in redefining their performance practice. Establishing a radical, culturally specific approach to addressing female performance-making, Women in Asian Performance is a must-read for scholars and students across Asian Studies and Performance Studies.

Intercultural Aesthetics in Traditional Chinese Theatre Book

Intercultural Aesthetics in Traditional Chinese Theatre


  • Author : Wei Feng
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-06-11
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030406356

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Intercultural Aesthetics in Traditional Chinese Theatre Excerpt :

This book traces the transformation of traditional Chinese theatre’s (xiqu) aesthetics during its encounters with Western drama and theatrical forms in both mainland China and Taiwan since 1978. Through analyzing both the text and performances of eight adapted plays from William Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, and Samuel Beckett, this book elaborates on significant changes taking place in playwriting, acting, scenography, and stage-audience relations stemming from intercultural appropriation. As exemplified by each chapter, during the intercultural dialogue of Chinese and foreign elements there exists one-sided dominance by either culture, fusion, and hybridity, which corresponds to the various facets of China’s pursuit of modernity between its traditional and Western influences.

Transnational Chinese Theatres Book

Transnational Chinese Theatres


  • Author : Rossella Ferrari
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-02-17
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030372736

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Transnational Chinese Theatres Excerpt :

This is the first systematic study of networks of performance collaboration in the contemporary Chinese-speaking world and of their interactions with the artistic communities of the wider East Asian region. It investigates the aesthetics and politics of collaboration to propose a new transnational model for the analysis of Sinophone theatre cultures and to foreground the mobility and relationality of intercultural performance in East Asia. The research draws on extensive fieldwork, interviews with practitioners, and direct observation of performances, rehearsals, and festivals in Asia and Europe. It offers provocative close readings and discourse analysis of an extensive corpus of hitherto untapped sources, including unreleased video materials and unpublished scripts, production notes, and archival documentation.

Performance and Modernity Book

Performance and Modernity


  • Author : Julia A. Walker
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-31
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108833066

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Performance and Modernity Excerpt :

This book argues that ideas first take shape in the human body, appearing on stage in new styles of performance.

Queer Dance Book

Queer Dance


  • Author : Clare Croft
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-04-28
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199377336

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Queer Dance Excerpt :

If we imagine multiple ways of being together, how might that shift choreographic practices and help us imagine ways groups assemble in more varied ways than just pairing another man with another woman? How might dancing queerly ask us to imagine futures through something other than heterosexuality and reproduction? How does challenging gender binaries always mean thinking about race, thinking about the postcolonial, about ableism? What are the arbitrary rules structuring dance in all its arenas, whether concert and social or commercial and competition, and how do we see those invisible structures and work to disrupt them? Queer Dance brings together artists and scholars in a multi-platformed project-book, accompanying website, and live performance series to ask, "How does dancing queerly progressively challenge us?" The artists and scholars whose writing appears in the book and whose performances and filmed interviews appear online stage a range of genders and sexualities that challenge and destabilize social norms. Engaging with dance making, dance scholarship, queer studies, and other fields, Queer Dance asks how identities, communities, and artmaking and scholarly practices might consider what queer work the body does and can do. There is great power in claiming queerness in the press of bodies touching or in the exceeding of the body best measured in sweat and exhaustion. How does queerness exist in the realm of affect and touch, and what then might we explore about queerness through these pleasurable and complex bodily ways of knowing?

Staging Chinese Revolution Book

Staging Chinese Revolution


  • Author : Xiaomei Chen
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-11-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231541619

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Staging Chinese Revolution Excerpt :

Staging Chinese Revolution surveys fifty years of theatrical propaganda performances in China, revealing a dynamic, commercial capacity in works often dismissed as artifacts of censorship. Spanning the 1960s through the 2010s, Xiaomei Chen reads films, plays, operas, and television shows from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, demonstrating how, in a socialist state with "capitalist characteristics," propaganda performance turns biographies, memoirs, and war stories into mainstream ideological commodities, legitimizing the state and its right to rule. Analyzing propaganda performance also brings contradictions and inconsistencies to light that throw common understandings about propaganda's purpose into question. Chen focuses on revisionist histories that stage the lives of the "founding fathers" of the Communist Party, such as Chen Duxiu, Mao Zedong, and Deng Xiaoping, and the engaging mix of elite and ordinary characters that animate official propaganda in the private and public sphere. Taking the form of "personal" memories and representing star and youth culture and cyberspace, contemporary Chinese propaganda appeals through multiple perspectives, complicating relations among self, subject, agent, state building, and national identity. Chen treats Chinese performance as an extended form of political theater confronting critical issues of commemoration, nostalgia, state rituals, and contested history. It is through these reenactments that three generations of revolutionary leaders loom in extraordinary ways over Chinese politics and culture.

Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre Book

Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre


  • Author : Siyuan Liu
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-02-05
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 578
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317278863

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Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre Excerpt :

Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre is an advanced level reference guide which surveys the rich and diverse traditions of classical and contemporary performing arts in Asia, showcasing significant scholarship in recent years. An international team of over 50 contributors provide authoritative overviews on a variety of topics across Asia, including dance, music, puppetry, make-up and costume, architecture, colonialism, modernity, gender, musicals, and intercultural Shakespeare. This volume is divided into four sections covering: Representative Theatrical Traditions in Asia. Cross-Regional Aspects of Classical and Folk Theatres. Modern and Contemporary Theatres in Asian Countries. Modernity, Gender Performance, Intercultural and Musical Theatre in Asia. Offering a cutting edge overview of Asian theatre and performance, the Handbook is an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and students studying this ever-evolving field.