Theaters of Desire: Authors, Readers, and the Reproduction of Early Chinese Song-Drama, 1300–2000

Authors: Sieber, P.

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Blending a flair for textual nuance with theoretical engagement, Theaters of Desire not only contributes to our understanding of the most influential form of early Chinese song-drama in local and international cultural contexts, but adds a Chinese perspective to the scholarship on print culture, authorship, and the regulatory discourses of desire. The book argues that, particularly between 1550 and 1680, Chinese elite editors rewrote and printed early plays and songs, so-called Yuan-dynasty zaju and sanqu , to imagine and embody new concepts of authorship, readership and desire, an interpretation that contrasts starkly with the national and racially-oriented reception of song-drama developed by European critics after 1735 and subsequently modified by Japanese and Chinese critics after 1897. By analyzing the critical and material facets of the early song and play tradition across different historical periods and cultural settings, Theaters of Desire presents a compelling case study of literary canon formation.

About the authors

PATRICIA SIEBER is Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. After studying Chinese, Japanese and German literature in Tokyo, Zurich and Beijing, she received her Ph.D. in Chinese from the University of California, Berkeley. Her articles on Chinese canon formation, literary thought and East/West cultural relations have appeared in Contemporary Buddhism, Graven Images, Journal of Chinese Religions, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and Monumenta Serica. She is also the editor of a collection of contemporary Chinese women's fiction Red Is Not the Only Color (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction Rewriting Early Chinese Zaju Song-Drama for Transnational, National, and Local Contexts

    Sieber, Patricia

    Pages 1-44

  • Art Song Anthologies, Editorial Attributions, and the Cult of Affect: Guan Hanqing (ca. 1220–ca. 1300) and the Transformation of Attestatory Authorship

    Sieber, Patricia

    Pages 45-81

  • Early Song-Drama Collections, Examination Requirements, and the Exigencies of Desire: Li Kaixian (1502–68), Zang Maoxun (1550–1620), and the Uses of Reproductive Authorship

    Sieber, Patricia

    Pages 83-122

  • Xixiang ji Editions, the Bookmarket, and the Discourse on Obscenity: Wang Jide (d. 1623), Jin Shengtan (1608–61), and the Creation of Uncommon Readers

    Sieber, Patricia

    Pages 123-161

  • Conclusion Thinking Through Authors, Readers, and Desire

    Sieber, Patricia

    Pages 163-178

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theaters of Desire: Authors, Readers, and the Reproduction of Early Chinese Song-Drama, 1300–2000
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Patricia Sieber
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-8249-0
DOI
10.1057/9781403982490
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6194-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-52671-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 268
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