Visions For The Masses: Chinese Shadow Plays From Shaanxi And Shanxi

byFan Pen Li Chen

Paperback | March 31, 2010

Visions For The Masses: Chinese Shadow Plays From Shaanxi And Shanxi by Fan Pen Li Chen
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This collection of Chinese shadow plays contains seven selected traditional shadow plays from the Qing and early Republican periods from Shaanxi and Shanxi. A minor operatic genre, the Chinese shadow theatre provides one of the best avenues for examining the mentality and sense of humor of the silent masses. Although Shaanxi sports the largest number of shadow traditions in China and is where the art form is most vibrant, its shadow plays have never before been published in either Chinese or English. Translated from rare hand-copied play scripts, this volume includes the most literary and refined plays of the genre as well as coarser popular plays and farcical Post-midnight skits. It also features a survey of the state of the shadow theatre in contemporary China, extensive critical introductions and bibliography.

Fan Pen Li Chen received a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. She is currently an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Albany. A grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada made it possible for her to make three tri...
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Title:Visions For The Masses: Chinese Shadow Plays From Shaanxi And ShanxiFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:284 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:284 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.68 inPublished:March 31, 2010Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1885445210

ISBN - 13:9781885445216

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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