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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...

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

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 49.95

    Based on an exploration of original historical records, including comparisons with other forms of ancient theatre, Shen provides an overview of elite theatre in Ming China and examines the details of theatrical performance. more...

  • Tom Hardy - Dark Star Risingby James Haydock

    John Blake Publishing 2012; US$ 16.98

    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...

  • 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...

  • Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern Chinaby Siyuan Liu

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 90.00

    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...

  • The Performing Arts in Contemporary Chinaby Colin Mackerras

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 230.00

    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. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...