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  • Drama Kingsby Joshua Goldstein

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 63.00

    In this colorful and detailed history, Joshua Goldstein describes the formation of the Peking opera in late Qing and its subsequent rise and re-creation as the epitome of the Chinese national culture in Republican era China. Providing a fascinating look into the lives of some of the opera?s key actors, he explores their methods for earning a living;... more...

  • Jana Sanskritiby Sanjoy Ganguly

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 40.95

    This book is a unique first-hand account ? by Jana Sanskriti?s artistic director Sanjoy Ganguly - of the group?s growth and development since its founding in 1985. Jana Sanskriti's work has resulted in an Indian Forum Theatre network considered by Augusto Boal to be the chief exponent of his methodology outside of its native Brazil. more...

  • Engendering Performanceby Bishnupriya Dutt; Urmimala Sarkar Munsi

    SAGE India 2010; US$ 39.95

    This book is a comprehensive critical history of women artistes in Indian theatre and dance of the colonial and post-colonial periods. Its underlying premise is that one cannot evaluate such performances in the Indian context without looking at dance and theatre together, unlike the course taken by traditional scholarship. The author weaves together... more...

  • Maoist Model Theatreby Rosemary Roberts

    BRILL 2009; US$ 132.00

    Drawing on theories ranging from cultural studies to sociology, this book offers a new understanding of gender in Maoist model theatre (yangbanxi) that acknowledges the complex interplay of traditional, modern, Chinese and foreign gender ideologies manifested in the works. more...

  • The Soul of Beijing Operaby Ruru Li

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2010; US$ 50.00

    Any traditional theatre has to engage the changing world to avoid becoming a living fossil. How has Beijing opera -- a highly stylized theatre with breath-taking acrobatics and martial arts, fabulous costumes, and striking makeup -- survived into the new millennium while coping with a century of great upheavals and competition from new entertainment... more...

  • Cross-Dressing in Chinese Operaby Siu Leung Li

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2003; US$ 40.00

    Informed by queer and feminist theories, this book offers a critical and historical reinterpretation of theatrical cross-dressing in Chinese culture embodied in various discourses, texts and artifacts from the eighth century to the present time. more...

  • Jin Yanby Richard J. Meyer

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2009; US$ 48.00

    Jin Yan tells the remarkable story of the "Emperor of Film," who dominated the golden age of Chinese silent movies. Includes dozens of beautiful stills of Jin Yan and his fi lms from the personal collection of Qin Yi and the China Film Archive. more...

  • Mei Lan-fangby A.C. Scott

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 1959; US$ 10.00

    Mei Lan-fang came from a famous actor family-the profession is often hereditary in China-and this story of his life is drawn mainly from his own reminiscences and from converstations with the author. He was a national figure whose name was a household word for more than forty years; even in Europe, Japan, Russia and America he was widely known and... more...

  • To Be an Actressby Nava Shean; Michelle Fram Cohen

    Hamilton Books 2010; US$ 33.99

    This book traces Nava Shean's life on the stage, providing a first-hand account of life in Terezin concentration camp and the incredible artistic activity under the shadow of the transports to the death camps. It also portrays the author's reconnection with her Jewish heritage. more...

  • My Asakusaby Sadako Sawamura; Norman E. Stafford; Yasuhiro Kawamura

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 16.95

    Written near the end of Sadako Sawamura's remarkable life, My Asakusa (Watashi co Asakusa) is a charming collection of autobiographical essays by a truly self-made woman. Recalling Japan at a time of great political turmoil and rapid cultural change, Sawamura shares with us her vignettes of growing up in Asakusa—one of the last of the old... more...