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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 225–255.
Published: 01 April 2022
...,” “spectacle,” or “pure heritage.” The final section of the article proposes some future avenues of inquiry in order to deepen the dialogue between Sinology and theater studies while providing tools for sustaining the practice of xiqu and fostering broader appreciation of traditional Chinese theater...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (2): 435–441.
Published: 01 November 2021
... and a powerful declaration of her love. Indeed, one can find very few precursors of equal range or depth in traditional Chinese theater; the only female characters that come to mind are probably some of Guan Hanqing's female characters such as Zhao Pan'er 趙盼兒 from Jiufeng chen 救風塵 (Rescue a Harlot) and Dou E 竇...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 236–238.
Published: 01 April 2021
..., transgender performance, and intellectual history. Her other research interests include print culture and the intersection of traditional and modern Chinese literature and theater in various media. KE WANG is a first-year PhD student in Chinese language pedagogy and graduate teaching associate...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 175–202.
Published: 01 April 2016
... primarily on the Yuanqu xuan texts. It is probably fair to say, even now, that for most scholars of Chinese theater and literature, the image of Yuan drama is shaped by the Yuanqu xuan . In view of the Yuanqu xuan 's popularity with Chinese readers and its position in Chinese scholarship...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2022
... poetics and traditional literary criticism of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which in turn leads her into the heart of her article: the seminal studies of Chinese poetics coauthored by Yu-kung Kao and Tsu-lin Mei of the 1970s that redefined the study of Chinese poetry, and subsequent contributions...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 April 2021
... classics destined for modern consumption. Thus, in contrast to many other orally connected genres of middle and late imperial times, sanqu succeeded in moving, albeit in historiographically overdetermined ways, into the modern canon of traditional Chinese literature. In North American sinology, James...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 12–30.
Published: 01 April 2021
... detail in his highly original study of the genre, “Gendai sankyoku no kenkyū” 元代散曲の研究 (A Study of the Sanqu Songs of the Yuan Period, 1969). This study was very much written as a criticism of the Chinese tradition of sanqu scholarship as it had developed in China during the first half...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 207–248.
Published: 01 April 2015
... motif in traditional Chinese literature. A Tang-dynasty (618–907) classical tale features a beautiful young lady as the subject of a painted scroll who magically comes to life in response to her lover, who kept calling her by her name for one hundred days and nights without stopping. 21 Her name...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 267–293.
Published: 01 April 2023
... . In contrast, regional theater further removed from the literati tradition, such as the Puxian opera Zhang Xun Kills His Concubine , gave prominence to the female protagonist at the expense of the hero's positive characterization. The variegated female agency represented in literature and theater...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 273–275.
Published: 01 April 2022
... composition, transmission, and hermeneutics in the Chinese manuscript culture of the first millennium BCE. His current book projects include Performance, Memory, and Authorship in Ancient China: The Formation of the Poetic Tradition and The Shijing (Classic of Poetry) in Ancient Manuscripts: Studies...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 504–508.
Published: 01 November 2019
... the fact that nearly all zidishu were composed in Chinese and that most are based on classic works of Chinese fiction, such as Hong lou meng 紅樓夢 (Dream of the Red Chamber) and Liaozhai zhiyi 聊齋志異 (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio). The first question, of course, is what this genre tells us about...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 81–107.
Published: 01 April 2023
... submitted their manuscripts” ( tougao nüshi 投稿女士) are distinctively featured. These two ladies, identified as Lady Lanyin 蘭因女士 and Lady Peizhen 佩貞女士, are dressed in traditional Chinese theater costumes and pose dramatically ( fig. 1 ). Apparently, this was not their everyday style and posture but, rather...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 59–88.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of personality in traditional Chinese culture, as represented by such iconic figures as Ji Kang 嵇康 (ca. 224–263), Li Bai 李白 (701–762), and Liu Yong 柳永 (987–1053), to name just a few. Given that Jia Zhongming did not know Shi Zizhang personally, it is very likely that he has the persona in mind first...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 April 2021
... (Lectures on the History of Chinese Theater). See also West, “Literature from the Late Jin to the Early Ming,” 636 . Tanaka Kenji argues that Sui's sanqu on the Han emperor is part of a line of development of “poems on things” ( yongwu shi 詠物詩), noting a process by which poems on things begin to take...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 232–234.
Published: 01 April 2020
... HUAN JIN is a specialist in late imperial and modern Chinese literature and culture, with a focus on media studies. Her teaching and research interests include late imperial and modern Chinese literature, book history, theater, and visual culture. Her current book project focuses...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (2): 438–440.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Copyright © 2019 by Duke University Press 2019 JING CHEN is an instructor and a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on pre-1900s Chinese poetry and poetics, traditional Chinese literary...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (2): 517–521.
Published: 01 November 2023
... annotations present a well-informed account for readers (see, e.g., 1803). Scholars of Chinese drama have long recognized the critical value of paratexts in the study of drama theories and the history of theater. In addition to providing primary data, Guo and Li's collection also helps enrich literary...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 239–271.
Published: 01 April 2019
... and fearing persecution, Yuan returned to his home province of Henan with his family. 1 He purchased a large residential estate in Zhangde 彰德 (modern Anyang), an enviable location due to its proximity to the Beijing-Hankou Railway and auspicious fengshui 風水 (Chinese geomancy). Yuan Kewen 袁克文 (aka Yuan...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 113–138.
Published: 01 April 2021
... to the lyrical and narrative aspects, the musical aesthetic has usually been evaluated based on the melody rather than the text. Despite the fact that the current musical styles of traditional Chinese theater have deviated from the original Yuan dynasty sanqu songs, their musical system has survived in today's...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 203–235.
Published: 01 April 2021
...” ( su 俗): 20 “If it is too literary, then it will be stilted, if it's not literary enough, then it will be commonplace” 太文則迂,不文則俗. 21 Parting scenes were, of course, a staple of the Chinese poetic tradition. However, what distinguishes Guan's song from its poetic predecessors in the shi...