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Drama Kings: Players and Publics in the Re-creation of Peking Opera, 1870-1937

Joshua Goldstein


This book 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 an interesting look into the lives of some of the opera's key actors, it explores their methods for earning a living; their status in an ever-changing society; the methods by which theaters functioned; the nature and content of performances; audience make-up; and the larger relationship between Peking opera and Chinese nationalism. Propelled by a synergy of the commercial and the political patronage from the ... More

Keywords: Peking opera, late Qing, Chinese national culture, Shanghai, Tianjin, Mei Lanfang, capitalist visual culture, Republican era

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247529
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247529.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Goldstein, author