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Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama written by Haiping Yan

 

Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama written by Haiping Yan

Overview:

Chinese spoken drama flourished in the 1980s when it generated a series of national controversies. In important respects, this was the golden age of drama in the People's Republic, as the stage became a most effective arena for exploring long suppressed cultural and political issues, constituting an indispensable dimension of the reform that has been altering the landscape of contemporary Chinese culture and society. The plays in this volume are among the most influential and controversial, having engendered intense cultural debate and political confrontations. The film script was chosen from among the most acclaimed contemporary Chinese films for its high significance in the history of Chinese film and its international influence in the cinematic world.

For general readers with diverse cultural and artistic interests, this anthology introduces a new world of performing culture that enriches, delights, and challenges.

Synopsis:

Chinese spoken drama flourished in the 1980s when it generated a series of national controversies. In important respects, this was the golden age of drama in the People's Republic, as the stage became a most effective arena for exploring long suppressed cultural and political issues, constituting an indispensable dimension of the reform that has been altering the landscape of contemporary Chinese culture and society. The plays in this volume are among the most influential and controversial, having engendered intense cultural debate and political confrontations. The film script was chosen from among the most acclaimed contemporary Chinese films for its high significance in the history of Chinese film and its international influence in the cinematic world.

For general readers with diverse cultural and artistic interests, this anthology introduces a new world of performing culture that enriches, delights, and challenges.

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An anthology of five Chinese dramas (both film and screen) from the 1980s which had important ramifications for the reform movements sweeping China in those days. The scripts included are: , , , , and . An introductory essay explains the historical context of the plays and the debates they were to engender when they hit the film and screen. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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