Mei Lanfang and the Twentieth-Century International Stage: Chinese Theatre Placed and Displaced by M. TianMei Lanfang and the Twentieth-Century International Stage: Chinese Theatre Placed and Displaced by M. Tian

Mei Lanfang and the Twentieth-Century International Stage: Chinese Theatre Placed and Displaced

byM. Tian

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

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This is the first book-length study, in any language, of the influence of Mei Lanfang - the internationally known Chinese actor who specialized in female roles - on the twentieth-century international stage. Focusing on Mei Lanfang's tours of Japan, the United States, and the Soviet Union, Min Tian investigates - in the twentieth-century transnational political, ideological, cultural as well as theatrical contexts - the presence and placement of Mei Lanfang and the Chinese theatre on the international stage. A critical examination of the intercultural interpretations and appropriations of Mei Lanfang's art and the Chinese theatre by such key figures as Brecht, Meyerhold, Eisenstein, Tairov, and Eugenio Barba, this book also throws new light on the intercultural formation and construction of the twentieth-century international theatre. In this book, Tian also delves into the Chinese support of and opposition to Mei Lanfang's tours and the transnational impact of Mei's tours on the Chinese perceptions and placements of his work.
MIN TIAN earned his PhD in theatre history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after securing his PhD from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China. He has taught as associate professor at the Central Academy of Drama and currently works at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Poetics of Difference and...
Title:Mei Lanfang and the Twentieth-Century International Stage: Chinese Theatre Placed and DisplacedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230112447

ISBN - 13:9780230112445

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Table of Contents

Redefining a Cultural Nation and Reifying a Theatre Tradition: Mei Lanfang’s International Debut in Japan * "The Gentlemanly ‘Leading Lady’" as "Ambassador in Art": Mei Lanfang’s 1930-Tour of the United States * Glory or Shame to the Chinese Nation: the Chinese Debate on Mei Lanfang’s 1935-Visit to the Soviet Union * Learning "the practical lesson": The Interpretations and Appropriations of Mei Lanfang’s Art by the Soviet Theatre * The Effect of Displacement: Bertolt Brecht’s Interpretation and Refunctioning of Mei Lanfang’s Art

Editorial Reviews

"Tian's greatest strength is his ability to draw our attention to a balanced history with his comprehensive summary of conflicting views of Mei's tours . . . Tian offers a rich paradigm of the multiple strategies that evolved in response to Chinese theatre's increasing visibility. There is much to enjoy in these thoroughly researched and critically argued chapters . . . This book is sure to provoke further discussion among all those who have an interest in the impact of Mei Lanfang on the international stage." - Comparative Drama "The book's greatest strength lies not in detailing the cultural meanings performed on stage, but those perceived by experts in the audience below . . . this study of the astonishing transnational influence of an Asian genre of performance has filled in research blanks in performance history; the cultural histories of Japan, China, the United States and the Soviet Union; and cosmopolitanism in the arts. It is to be highly commended." - Modern Art Asia"Tian's contributions to the ongoing exchange of views about [the history and future of xiqu] are most welcome, precisely because serious debate is best fed by questions rather than ready-made answers." - CHINOPERL Papers