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Chinese Literature and Culture in the World

Chinese Adaptations of Brecht

Appropriation and Intertextuality

Authors: Zhang, Wei

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  • Considers the two-way impacts between Brecht and Chinese culture during the last four decades
  • Examines how Brecht’s plays have been adapted and appropriated by Chinese theatre artists
  • Contributes to transcultural studies in theatre, literature, and aesthetics 
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This book examines the two-way impacts between Brecht and Chinese culture and drama/theatre, focusing on Chinese theatrical productions since the end of the Cultural Revolution all the way to the first decades of the twenty-first century. Wei Zhang considers how Brecht’s plays have been adapted/appropriated by Chinese theatre artists to speak to the sociopolitical, economic, and cultural developments in China and how such endeavors reflect and result from dynamic interactions between Chinese philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics, especially as embodied in traditional xiqu and the Brechtian concepts of estrangement (Verfremdungseffekt) and political theatre. In examining these Brecht adaptations, Zhang offers an interdisciplinary study that contributes to the fields of comparative drama/theatre studies, intercultural studies, and performance studies.


About the authors

Wei Zhang is Professor at Hangzhou Normal University, China. She holds a PhD in Comparative Theatre from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (2018) and a PhD in Performance Studies from Shanghai Theatre Academy (2007). Her research has been published in Asian Theatre Journal, Classical Receptions Journal, The Brecht Yearbook, and many other journals.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-26

    Zhang, Wei

  • One Director, Three Takes: Chen Yong’s Reinterpretations of Life of Galileo, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and The Threepenny Opera

    Pages 27-61

    Zhang, Wei

  • Good Persons of Sichuan, Jiangnan, and Beijing: Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan and Chinese Xiqu Adaptations

    Pages 63-89

    Zhang, Wei

  • Concentric Circles: Two Chuanju Reinterpretations of The Caucasian Chalk Circle as The Chalk Circle

    Pages 91-124

    Zhang, Wei

  • Modernity, Chinese Culture, and Intertextuality: Bertolt Brecht’s Turandot and Wei Minglun’s Chuanju Play Chinese Princess Dulanduo

    Pages 125-144

    Zhang, Wei

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chinese Adaptations of Brecht
Book Subtitle
Appropriation and Intertextuality
Authors
Series Title
Chinese Literature and Culture in the World
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-37778-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-37778-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-37777-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 200
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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