Establishment of "Drama" Orientation: Transition of the Research Paradigm of Chinese Dramas in the 1920s and 1930s

1st Edition

Zhang Yifan

Routledge
October 31, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 218 Pages
ISBN 9780367367381 - CAT# K442373
Series: China Perspectives

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Summary

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.

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