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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 59–88.
Published: 01 April 2021
.... Moreover, a proper interpretation of Jia's songs also helps us better understand the performativeness of sanqu as a genre. Zhao Wenjing 趙文敬 Division head of the entertainment bureau 44 made a model of study 教坊色長有學規 2 [His talent] surpassing the multitude, Wenjing was highly regarded...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 April 2021
.... The sanqu 's use of performance tropes expands the scope of criticism in this humorous piece past concerns about Yuan rulership, or even the imperial institution, to broader questions of representational instability and uncertainty. These shifts implicate readers in a social and political critique...
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Published: 01 April 2019
Figure 9. “The Plum Painted by Deceased Kunqu Performer Yuan Hanyun and Mr. Zhang Boju,” Guoju huabao 1, no. 3 (1932). More
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 175–202.
Published: 01 April 2016
...Wilt L. Idema Abstract This study will trace the way shifts in performance and textual function reshaped the zaju from its late thirteenth-century appearance to the early seventeenth-century publication of the Yuanqu xuan by Zang Maoxun. Whereas the Yuanqu xuan offered literary texts for readers...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 432–460.
Published: 01 November 2019
... ushering in the seasons, pronouncing on elements of the calendar, predicting military fortunes, and performing official policy admonishments. Of particular importance to this group of experts was the concept of “winds” or “airs” ( fēng ) and a closely related verb for “sing,” “chant,” or “remonstrate...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 167–191.
Published: 01 April 2020
... demonstrates that the boundaries between Han and non-Han peoples became more negotiable with the enterprising efforts of chieftains to “perform” civilization by way of literary activities. The discussion centers on Rongmei jiyou (My Travel to Rongmei), a travelogue in diary form by early Qing scholar...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 225–255.
Published: 01 April 2022
... issues: the nature of theatrical language, the emergence and uses of fictionality, and the reconstruction of performance aesthetics. In focusing on these particular areas, the essay seeks to show how such research can contribute toward countering entrenched characterizations of xiqu as “non-drama...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 360–382.
Published: 01 November 2017
... with reverence and to act with sincerity in mourning and other posthumous ritual performances, the diversity in familial situations and individual decisions tremendously challenged any neat models for filial practice. In becoming the extraordinarily devoted sons and daughters/daughters-in-law that they were...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 108–136.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., poetic values, and spiritual attainment. By tracing the networks of symbolic meaning throughout the cultural fields of Chinese life, one can arrive at a deeper understanding of the thoroughgoing resonance of musical performances in this part of the world. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2016
... in his attributive essay “Lun wenyi” 論文意 [On Writing]), this article performs a close reading of the perceptual cues featured in the five heptasyllabic quatrains, “Autumn in the Palace of Everlasting Faith” 長信秋詞. Borrowing the term focalization from recent theories of visual narrativity (most notably...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 239–271.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Figure 9. “The Plum Painted by Deceased Kunqu Performer Yuan Hanyun and Mr. Zhang Boju,” Guoju huabao 1, no. 3 (1932). ...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 504–508.
Published: 01 November 2019
... Suet-ying Chiu's new book is the first comprehensive study in English on zidishu 子弟書 (bannerman tales), a late Qing performance genre most closely identified with the banner community of Beijing. A full-length study of zidishu is long overdue. This one answers all the questions that arise from...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 236–238.
Published: 01 April 2021
... Copyright © 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 WENBO CHANG received her PhD in East Asian languages and civilizations with a concentration in Chinese literature from Arizona State University in May 2019. Her primary area of research is premodern Chinese drama both as staged performance...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 113–138.
Published: 01 April 2021
... shares a narrative orientation with song-drama and daqu 大曲 ensemble performance comprising instrumental music, dance, and song lyrics. Such a combination of lyrical and narrative functions increased the complexity of sanqu songs and, consequently, became a genre-specific advantage. Therefore, we...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 492–503.
Published: 01 November 2019
..., and Dreams of Spring: Entertainment and Its Enemies in Song History and Historiography,” begins with a succinct summary of her argument: That we do not immediately associate the Song with the flourishing of performing arts is due to a variety of factors. One of these is certainly the ephemeral nature...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 203–235.
Published: 01 April 2021
... (Music Bureau) in their original contexts, but they also resemble each other in language register, tenor, and tone. Both bona fide sanqu tunes and ceremonial songs could appear in court-sponsored New Year's festivities. Through the verbal text of the songs and their performative enunciation in words...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 139–162.
Published: 01 April 2021
... arias (via court performances). Copyright © 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 sanqu songs anthology court literature emperor drama Any reader who picks up the Ming dynasty qu anthology Yongxi yuefu 雍熙樂府 (Songs of Harmonious Peace, earliest edition dated 1531) will first...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
...—rites were worthless if performed in its absence—but because its presence was assumed to be inherent in certain qualities of action, it was not, in and of itself, an object of assessment. The measure of sincerity rested neither in the internal motivation of the ritualist nor in the materiality...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 29–64.
Published: 01 November 2014
... and diasporic groups. Sanqu songs may have had roots in outlying towns of North China under Jin rule, 20 but in the wake of the Mongol conquests first of the territory of the Jin Dynasty and eventually of the Southern Song state, local popular culture, Mongol patronage of performers, and the Yuan service...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 66–94.
Published: 01 April 2018
... connections to musical performance: the “music bureau pieces” ( yuefu 樂府) of the Han (206 BC–220 AD) and Six Dynasties, and musical shi 詩 poetry, especially of the tonally regulated “recent style” ( jinti 近體) developed during the latter period and reaching its height of popularity during the Tang. 8...