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Reading the Right Text: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama


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Reading the Right Text introduces six new plays from contemporary China, five of which are translated here into English for the first time. Chosen from a wide variety of well-received dramas of the period, each play represents the traditions and changes in a particular sub-genre: regional theater, proletarian theater, women's theater, history plays, and experimental theater. Xiaomei Chen's wide-ranging and perceptive introduction locates the plays in the political and cultural history of modern China to demonstrate the interrelationship between theater, history, society, and everyday experience. She highlights the origin and development of the different sub-genres and outlines critical approaches from numerous fields, including gender studies, performance studies, subaltern studies, and comparative cultural studies. Quite apart from their importance as theater, these plays are crucial for a fully rounded understanding of the cultural dynamics involved in the transition from Maoist to post-Mao China, from socialist realist drama to the post-socialist response to a market economy and a society in flux.

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Chen (Chinese and comparative literature, Ohio State U.) presents this anthology as a companion volume to her critical study of huaju (modern Chinese spoken drama) from the 1960s to the early 1990s, . The anthology contains six plays from the post- Maoist period, five translated into English for the first time, as well as an introductory essay discussing how the themes of her earlier work apply specifically to the dramas contained here. Chen has attempted a balance between social significance and aesthetic importance in her selection. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents

The dead visiting the living / Liu Shugang, translated by Charles Qianzhi Wu — The world's top restaurant / He Jiping, translated by Edward M. Gunn — Black stones / Yang Limin, translated by Timothy C.Wong — Jiang Qing and her husbands / Sha Yexin, translated by Kirk A. Denton — Green barracks / Zhang Lili, translated by Yuanxi Ma — Wild grass / Zhang Mingyuan, translated by Philip F. Williams.

Product Details

Chen, Xiaomei
University of Hawaii Press
Chen, Xiaomei
Chen, Xiaomei
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Asian - General
20th century
Chinese drama
Chinese drama -- 20th century.
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
no. 85
Publication Date:
8.96x6.56x1.17 in. 1.67 lbs.

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