1st Edition

A History of Chinese Theatre in the 20th Century II

By Fu Jin Copyright 2021
    268 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The 20th century was a dynamic period for the theatrical arts in China. Booming urban theatres, the interaction between commercial practice and theatre, dramas staged during the War of Resistance against Japan and a healthy dialogue between Western and Eastern theatres all contributed to the momentousness of this period. The four volumes of A History of Chinese Theatre in the 20th Century display the developmental trajectories of Chinese theatre over those 100 years.

    This volume deals with the development of Chinese theatre from 1949 to 2000, covering the fluctuations of 'drama reform', spectacles of the 'Cultural Revolution', and theatre in the immediate years before the opening up of the country. The author demonstrates how Chinese dramatic traditions endured and adapted in the face of modernity and how politics and art interacted.

    By combining academic rigour with a high degree of readability, this volume is both an essential guide for scholars and students in the history of the arts and general readers interested in Chinese theatre.

    Updating concepts and adapting theatrical industry to market requirements

    Theatrical Concepts and Theatrical Literature

    China’s Theatrical Situation during the Anti-Japanese War 

    Theatrical Conditions in the Occupied Areas and Shanghai 

    The Anti-Japanese War and Theatrical Development 

    Theatrical Development in Revolutionary Bases under Communist Party of China


    Fu Jin is 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 and 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 and The Vitality of Grassroots: The Fieldwork and Research of Taizhou’s Troupes.