Establishment of

Establishment of "Drama" Orientation

Transition of the Research Paradigm of Chinese Dramas in the 1920s and 1930s, 1st Edition

By Zhang Yifan


218 pages

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pub: 2019-10-31
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The “national drama” in China is a historical concept. Growing based on the long-standing Chinese culture and art, the traditional drama, mainly in a form of “opera”, has been integrated with the “drama” under the international background. From the perspective of modern “drama and opera”, this book mainly studies the conditions and researches of Chinese traditional drama in the 1920s and 1930s.

Instead of analyzing from the view of literature appreciation or music theory, the author regards the drama as a comprehensive stage art. He attaches special importance to restoring historical scenes and therefore mainly introduces the drama journals and monographs published in that historical period, in order to help the readers understand the original state of drama at that time through the records of the witnesses. In particular, this book delivers an insightful view about the evolution of the connotation of the “national drama” and “drama”.

The book will help scholars and readers understand the connotation and the whole story of the “national drama” concept, and will certainly facilitate the construction of the discipline Drama and Opera.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1. Foreword 2. Foreword 3. Preface 1 Introduction 2 The Whole Story of "National Drama Movement" 3 The Evolution of Ideas and Exploration of Vision 4 Drama-oriented Drama Art Criticism 5 Theoretical Understanding of the "Whole Drama" 6 Different Research Perspectives of "Drama" 7 Epilogue. References. Afterword. Index

About the Author

Zhang Yifan, a lecturer of the School of Liberal Arts, Renmin University of China, mainly teaches the major courses of drama and opera study as well as the courses of general knowledge of traditional art since 2009.

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 / Asian
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General