Performing Arts

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama

by Xiaomei Chen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Genre: Performing Arts
Pages: 760 pages
ISBN 13: 023116503X
ISBN 10: 9780231165037
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle
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Synopsis : The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama written by Xiaomei Chen, published by Columbia University Press which was released on 2014-04-01. Download The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. This work has not only established a canon of modern Chinese drama but also made it available for the first time in English in a single volume. -- This condensed anthology reproduces close to a dozen plays from Xiaomei ChenÕs well-received original collection, along with her critical introduction to the historical, cultural, and aesthetic evolution of twentieth-century Chinese spoken drama. Comprising representative works from the PeopleÕs Republic of China, the collection encapsulates the revolutionary rethinking of Chinese theater and performance that began in the late Qing dynasty and vividly portrays the uncertainty and anxiety brought on by modernism, socialism, political conflict, and war. Chosen works from 1919 to 1990 also highlight the formation of Chinese national and gender identities during a period of tremendous social, cultural, and political change and the genesis of contemporary attitudes toward the West. PRC theater tracks the rise of communism in China, juxtaposing ideals of Chinese socialism against the sacrifices made for a new society. Post-Mao drama addresses the nationÕs socialist legacy, its attempt to reexamine its cultural roots, and postsocialist reflections on critical issues such as nation, class, gender, and collective memories. An essential, portable guide for easy reference and classroom use, this abridgement provides a concise yet well-rounded survey of China's theatricality and representation of political life. This work has not only established a canon of modern Chinese drama but also made it available for the first time in English in a single volume.