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Playing Roles: Literati, Playwrights, and Female Performers in Yuan Theater

Abstract This dissertation investigates how Yuan zaju drama reshaped Chinese culture by bridging the gap between an inherently oral tradition of popular performance and the written tradition of literati, when traditional Chinese political, social, cultural structures underwent remarkable transformation under alien rule in the Yuan. It focuses on texts dated from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century by literati writers about playwrights and performers that have been treated by most scholars merely as sources of bio-bibliographical information. I interpret them, however, as cultural artifacts that reveal how Yuan drama caused a shift in the mentality of the elite. My study demonstrates that Yuan drama stimulated literati thought, redefined literati... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Chang, Wenbo (Author) / West, Stephen H. (Advisor) / Cutter, Robert Joe (Committee member) / Bokenkamp, Stephen R. (Committee member) / Tillman, Hoyt Cleveland (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Asian literature / Theater history / Performing arts / role types (jiaose) / the social role of theater / Yuan drama (zaju)
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 250 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation East Asian Languages and Civilizations 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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