A History of Chinese Theatre in the 20th Century I: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A History of Chinese Theatre in the 20th Century I

1st Edition

By Jin Fu


312 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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The 20th century was a dynamic period for the theatrical arts in China. Booming urban theater, the interaction between commercial practice and theater, dramas staged during the War of Resistance against Japan and an in-depth communication between Western and Eastern theater all contributed to the momentousness of this period. The four volumes of “A History of Chinese Theater in the 20th Century” display the developmental trajectories of Chinese theater over those hundred years.

This volume deals with the developmental process of Chinese theater from 1900 to 1949, covering the prosperity of Peking Opera, the advent of play and colorful local dramas. The author shows that the modernization of Chinese theatre was subject to both internal factors and influences from the outside world, while modernity and localization are two contradictory but complementary dimensions in any interpretation of Chinese theater in the 20th century.

Scholars and students in the history of the arts, especially the history of Chinese theater, will find this book to be an essential guide.

Table of Contents

Section 1: New Dramas and New Stages I. Emergence and Development of Peking Opera (Jingju) 1. Four Anhui Opera Troupes to Peking and Court Opera Performance 2. Home-based Performance and Performance in Tea Houses 3. Themes and Forms 4. Tan Xinpei?A Tycoon in Theatrical Circle 5. The Dissemination of Peking Opera (Jingju) II. Minor Genres and Civilian Aesthetics 1. The Emergence of the Flower-Drum Genre and Folk Minors 2. Hebei Drama and Cheng Zhaocai 3. The Connotation of New Drama Movement III Theatrical Reform Campaign and New Concepts 1. Theatrical Reform Guilds 2. Theatrical Reform and Political Dramas 3. Wang Xiaonong and Patriotic Troupe 4. The Origins of New Dramas 5. New Theatres 6. A Brief Summary to Section One Section 2: Updating Concepts and Adapting Theatrical Industry to Market Requirements IV. New Orientation for Theatrical Reform 1. Yisu Club 2. New Clubs and Traditional Repertoires 3. Actors’ Society in Nantong City, Jiangsu Province 4. Theatrical Policy by the Nationalist Government 5. The Tortuous Process of Hubei Drama (Chuju) and Shanghai Drama (Huju) 6. The Success of New Drama V. New Changes in Performing Market 1. Urban Theaters and "Shanghai-style Peking Opera" 2. Guangdong-Hongkong Troupes and Cantonese Drama 3. Three Masters 4. Actresses and Female Audiences 5. Fashionable Drama and Costume Drama

About the Author

Fu Jin, Vice Chairman of the China Literature and Art Critics Association, Member of the Disciplinary Review Group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council (Drama and Film&Television); Professor and Doctoral Supervisor at the School Of Liberal Arts, Nanjing University; and Director of the Academic Committee of the National Academy of Chinese Theatrical Arts. He is mainly engaged in studies on Chinese drama. He has published The History of Chinese Drama, Pass the Flame - Theory and Practice of the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage, The Vitality of Grass Roots - The Fieldwork and Research of Taizhou’s Troupes.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Asian
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General