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Scenes for Mandarins: The Elite Theater of the Ming (Translations from the Asian Classics)

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The first introduction to the classical Chinese theater of Ming drama contains highlights from six of the best plays of the period and lively commentary on each, providing the context necessary for Western readers to grasp the scope of the genre.

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Describes the rise and development of Ming theater, the height of classical Chinese theater, developed between 1368 and 1644. Translated highlights from six representational plays of the period are set in historical and cultural context, and fictionalized reenactments show how the plays might have been staged. Includes b&w illustrations.
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Synopsis:

Ming drama represents the classical Chinese theater at its most mature and exquisite. Between 1368 and 1644, more than four hundred playwrights produced over l,500 plays, ranging from one-act skits to massive, operatic works with fifty scenes or more. As a performing art, Ming theater - with its polished singing, enchanting music, fantastic plotting, and intricate choreography - has never been surpassed. In China, well-known Ming plays are common cultural reference points to this day, and favorite scenes still form staples of the classical repertoire. But although a handful of plays have been translated in their entirety, until now there has been no general critical introduction to the subject available to readers in English. Scenes for Mandarins fills this need, surrounding translated highlights from six of the best-loved plays of the Ming period with lively, entertaining commentary on each play. The narrative of pioneer Ming scholar Cyril Birch provides the context necessary to help Western readers grasp the scope of a genre that spanned the great diversity of Chinese society - from the popular to the elite; from the poor, arid northern regions to the lush gentility of the south.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231102629
Author:
Birch, Cyril
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Author:
Birch, Cyril
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
China
Subject:
Chinese drama
Subject:
Asian - Chinese
Subject:
China Social life and customs 960-1644.
Subject:
Chinese drama -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
no. 94-6
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
9.29x6.18x.88 in. 1.22 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Ming drama represents the classical Chinese theater at its most mature and exquisite. Between 1368 and 1644, more than four hundred playwrights produced over l,500 plays, ranging from one-act skits to massive, operatic works with fifty scenes or more. As a performing art, Ming theater - with its polished singing, enchanting music, fantastic plotting, and intricate choreography - has never been surpassed. In China, well-known Ming plays are common cultural reference points to this day, and favorite scenes still form staples of the classical repertoire. But although a handful of plays have been translated in their entirety, until now there has been no general critical introduction to the subject available to readers in English. Scenes for Mandarins fills this need, surrounding translated highlights from six of the best-loved plays of the Ming period with lively, entertaining commentary on each play. The narrative of pioneer Ming scholar Cyril Birch provides the context necessary to help Western readers grasp the scope of a genre that spanned the great diversity of Chinese society - from the popular to the elite; from the poor, arid northern regions to the lush gentility of the south.
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