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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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The Limits of Reform

The Limits of Reform

(p.209) Chapter 6 The Limits of Reform
Drama Kings

Joshua Goldstein

University of California Press

The concentrated attention on the actor as a public citizen who specialized in crafting and portraying the psychologically complex individual was related to other social and institutional trends. This chapter looks into these issues, describing the continued attempts to reform theaters and acting schools in order to foster the proper cultural habits of self-regulating citizenship. Meanwhile, the atmosphere of simultaneous crisis and reform pervaded the three main productive institutions of Peking opera: commercial theaters, acting troupes, and training academies. These institutions were all simultaneously confronting economic crises while attempting to implement fundamental social reforms.

Keywords:   actor, public citizen, theater reforms, self-regulating citizenship, Peking opera, commercial theaters, acting troupes, training academies

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