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- 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...
- 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...
- John Blake Publishing 2012; US$ 8.74
From playing a rogue agent in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, to taking on the role of villainous Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy is well on the way to becoming the finest actor of his generation. His raw talent, edginess and ability to utterly inhabit the characters he plays have already prompted comparisons to screen legends such... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 95.00
In Shanghai in the early twentieth century, a hybrid theatrical form, wenmingxi , emerged that was based on Western spoken theatre, classical Chinese theatre, and a Japanese hybrid form known as shinpa . This book places it in the context of its hybridized literary and performance elements, giving it a definitive place in modern Chinese theatre.... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 230.00
First published in 1981. The overthrow of the 'gang of four' in October 1976 had profound effects in all areas of Chinese society, and probably nowhere can this be more clearly seen than in the performing arts. Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's widow, was strongly interested in the performing arts and exercised great influence over them. This book describes... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 110.00
The first book-length study in any language of the presence and influence of Mei Lanfang, the internationally known Chinese actor who specialized in female roles on the twentieth-century international stage. Tian investigates Mei Lanfang's presence and influence and the transnational and intercultural appropriations of his art. more...