The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama (Weatherhead Books on Asia)


This condensed anthology reproduces with regards to a dozen performs from Xiaomei Chen's well-received unique assortment, The Columbia Anthology of contemporary chinese language Drama, with her severe advent to the ancient, cultural, and aesthetic evolution of twentieth-century chinese language spoken drama. Comprising consultant works from the Republican period to postsocialist China, the booklet encapsulates the progressive rethinking of chinese language theater and function that started within the overdue Qing dynasty and vividly portrays the uncertainty and anxiousness as a result of modernism, socialism, political clash, and battle.

Chosen works from 1919 to 1990 additionally spotlight the formation of nationwide and gender identities in the course of a interval of super social, cultural, and political swap in China and the genesis of latest attitudes towards the West. PRC theater tracks the increase of communism, juxtaposing beliefs of chinese language socialism opposed to the sacrifices made for a brand new society. Post-Mao drama addresses the nation's socialist legacy, its try and reexamine its cultural roots, and postsocialist reflections on severe matters resembling country, classification, gender, and collective thoughts. a vital, moveable advisor for simple reference and school room use, this abridgment presents a concise but well-rounded survey of China's theatricality and illustration of political lifestyles. the unique paintings not just tested a canon of contemporary chinese language drama within the West but additionally made it to be had for the 1st time in English in one volume.

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