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Drama KingsPlayers and Publics in the Re-creation of Peking Opera, 1870-1937$
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Joshua Goldstein

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247529

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247529.001.0001

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(p.290) (p.291) Epilogue
Drama Kings

Joshua Goldstein

University of California Press

This book ends in 1937 because the Japanese invasion marks an important shift in the contexts in which Peking opera was performed and reformed. The coastal and eastern cities that were the main centers of the Peking opera were invaded and then held under puppet rule. This book has argued that the complex of performances that constituted Peking opera in the early twentieth century was shaped by colonial modern discursive and institutional forces. These conditions interpellated the construction of Peking opera as an identifiable genre within national and international contexts. This chapter notes that the molding of the genre during the Republican era had longer-term ramifications, that, despite the many radical formal and institutional changes that Peking opera underwent from 1937 onward, its construction as a paragon of national traditional culture continues to shape the genre today.

Keywords:   China, Peking opera, Japanese invasion, Republican era, 1937, national traditional culture

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