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Studies in International Performance

Alternative Chinese Opera in the Age of Globalization

Performing Zero

Authors: Lei, D.

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Bringing the study of Chinese theatre into the 21st-century, Lei discusses ways in which traditional art can survive and thrive in the age of modernization and globalization. Building on her previous work, this new book focuses on various forms of Chinese 'opera' in locations around the Pacific Rim, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and California.

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DAPHNE P. LEI Associate Professor in Drama, University of California, Irvine, USA. She is one of the authoritative figures in the field of Chinese opera in the context of transnationalism and interculturalism. Lei is also the author Operatic China: Staging Chinese Identity across the Pacific (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

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'Alternative Chinese Opera is a marvellous piece of theater scholarship and critical commentary on the contemporary performances of major genres of traditional Chinese opera around the Pacific Rim. The study offers a grand vista that is transnational in scope and suggestive in comparative analysis even as it captures the cultural and historical specificities of each locale. Whether the subject is Cantonese opera in post-colonial "born-again" Chinese Hong Kong, self-consciousness innovative Jungju opera in multicultural Taiwan, or reinvented classical Kunqu opera presented at campus theatres in California, insights and nuances abound in Lei's discussion of the staged performance and the cultural politics on and behind the scene. Along China's periphery are such uneven cultural terrains, where Lei encourages us to be steadfast in celebrating these resilient and dynamic performance traditions and to remain hopeful that they will stay vital' - Wing Chung Ng, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Performing Zero

    Lei, Daphne P.

    Pages 1-22

  • Femininity Comes to the Rescue: Innovative Jingju in Taiwan

    Lei, Daphne P.

    Pages 23-63

  • Pacification and Silent Resistance: Performing Hong Kong in The Flower Princess

    Lei, Daphne P.

    Pages 64-97

  • The Blossoming of the Transnational Peony: Performing Alternative China in California

    Lei, Daphne P.

    Pages 98-141

  • Waiting for Meaning: The Joint Venture of Robert Wilson, Jingju, and Taiwan

    Lei, Daphne P.

    Pages 142-177

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alternative Chinese Opera in the Age of Globalization
Book Subtitle
Performing Zero
Authors
Series Title
Studies in International Performance
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-30042-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230300422
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-24565-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-31903-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 232
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