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Cornell East Asia #121: Visions for the Masses: Chinese Shadow Plays from Shaanxi and Shanxi (Ceas)by Fan-pen Li Chen
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To those on one side of the stretched parchment, the warriors, maidens, children and birds move as if by magic. On the other side, puppeteers make magic, working several characters at a time with each hand, performing from memory or from scripts over a thousand years old. Shadow plays, which approach opera for the masses in style, are still performed in some places in China, and Chen (State U. New York, Albany) describes some of those from the Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces. She provides the first scripts ever printed for seven plays, ranging from the formal and literary plays to farces, including "Henpecked Zhang San," "Rotten-Kid Dong Sells His Ma," "The Jade Swallow Hairpin," "The White Jade Hairpin," "The Coral Pagoda," "Yang Long Draws the Bow" and "The Temple of Guanyin." Chen also provides interesting photographs of performances.
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