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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 117

Opera, Society, and Politics in Modern China

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$49.95 • £39.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674987166

Publication Date: 02/11/2019


376 pages

6 x 9 inches

20 photos, 6 maps, 1 table

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  • List of Illustrations and Table*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Overture
  • 1. Looking Back at Opera in Late Imperial China
  • 2. Changing Discourses on China’s Popular Drama
  • 3. The Reformation of Beijing Opera in Shanghai
  • 4. Reformed Opera on the Shanghai Stage
  • 5. Reformed Opera in Xi’an
  • 6. Politicization and Radicalization
  • Finale
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • * Illustrations and Table
    • Figures
      • 1.1. A huge theater was erected opposite the British yacht
      • 2.1. Yu Shangyuan
      • 2.2. Xiong Foxi
      • 2.3. Slaughterhouse
      • 2.4. Peasants/actors performing Crossing Ferry
      • 3.1. “New Machinery for the Stage”
      • 3.2. “Opening Celebration for the New Stage”
      • 4.1. A Wronged Soul in a World of Opium Addicts
      • 4.2. “Being Humiliated,” a scene from A Wronged Soul in a World of Opium Addicts
      • 4.3. Feng Zihe performing in Box with Hundreds of Treasures
      • 4.4. Advertisement for performances of The Blood of Ezhou
      • 4.5. Shenbao theater advertisements including plot description of The Dream of Restoration
      • 4.6. Enlargement of the advertisement for The Dream of Restoration
      • 5.1. Li Tongxuan
      • 5.2. Sun Renyu
      • 5.3. The Yisushe as it stands today in Xi’an
      • 5.4. The Yisushe of 1930
      • 5.5. The Snatching Brocade Tower
      • 5.6. Advertisements for the Yisushe’s debut performance in Beijing
      • 5.7. The jacket for the VCD version of Three Drops of Blood
    • Maps
      • 3.1. Distribution of Shanghai theaters, 1860–79
      • 3.2. Distribution of Shanghai theaters, 1880–99
      • 3.3. Distribution of Shanghai theaters, 1900–1920
      • 3.4. The Sixteenth District
      • 5.1. The Manchu city and some other important sites of Xi’an
      • 5.2. The distribution of commercial huiguan in Xi’an of the late Qing period
    • Table
      • 1. Features of opera performance

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