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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mei Lanfang and the Twentieth-Century International Stageby Min Tian

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 105.00

    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...

  • 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...