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  • China’s Greatest Operatic Male Actor of Female Rolesby Min Tian

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2009; US$ 169.95

    This is the first English language book to systematically examine the life and art of Mei Lanfang (1894-1961). Mei, who specialized in female roles in classical Chinese theatre, especially jingju, is widely considered the greatest actor of twentieth-century China. This text includes analyses of his work from Chinese, Western, Russian,and intercultural... 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...

  • Diasporas and Interculturalism in Asian Performing Artsby Hae-kyung Um

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    In an age of globalization, performance is increasingly drawn from intercultural creativity and located in multicultural settings. This volume is the first to focus on the performing arts of Asian diasporas in the context of modernity and multiculturalism. The essays locate the contemporary performing arts as a discursive field in which the boundaries... more...

  • 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...

  • Elite Theatre in Ming China, 1368-1644by Grant Guangren Shen

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 54.95

    Theatre occupied a particularly important place in the life of the elite, for whom owning a theatre troupe was highly fashionable and for whom theatre performances were an integral part of formal gatherings, various rituals and ceremonies. Based on an exploration of original historical records, including comparisons with other forms of ancient theatre,... 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...

  • Habib Tanvirby Anjum Katyal

    SAGE Publications 2012; US$ 39.95

    Anjum Katyal's work is the first comprehensive study on the life and contribution of Habib Tanvir to Indian theatre history. A playwright, director, actor, journalist and critic, Tanvir is perhaps best known for the play Charandas Chor. However, his real significance in the history of post-Independence Indian theatre is that he signposted an important... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Chinese Theaterby Tan Ye

    Scarecrow Press 2008; US$ 169.99

    The Historical Dictionary of Chinese Theater is the first English language dictionary dedicated entirely to Chinese theater. The history of Chinese theater is told through a chronology, an introductory essay, and over 1,000 cross-referenced dictionary entries on performers, directors, producers, designers, actors, theaters, dynasties, and emperors.... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatreby Samuel L. Leiter

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 164.99

    This updated edition adds well over 200 plot summaries representing each theatrical form in addition to: a chronology; introductory essay; appendixes; an extensive bibliography; over 1500 cross-referenced entries on important terms; brief biographies of the leading artists and writers; and plot summaries of significant plays.... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatreby Samuel L. Leiter

    Scarecrow Press 2006; US$ 109.99

    The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre covers all four genres (nT, kyTgen, bunraku, and kabuki), providing information on nearly every aspect, including actors, theatres, companies, history, makeup, costumes, masks, biographies, theories, training, music, religion, criticism, and many more. This is done through hundreds of dictionary... more...