Visions for the Masses: Chinese Shadow Plays from Shaanxi and Shanxi
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.
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Aiya army boat Chen Lin Chinese Shadow Theatre CONSORT PANG Coral Pagoda court Crown Prince CUI SHUANGLIN dare daughter dear DONG YIN draw the bow dream dynasty edict EIGHTH PRINCE elder brother elder sister emperor Enters and recites Enters and sings evil consort father GRAND TUTOR Guanyin HANJIAO Heaven HU YANQING HU YUNZHUANG imperial JIA CHONG JUDGE BAO kill king Kou Zhenyu lady LINIANG LIU YING lord MADAM CUI MADAM ZHAO Majesty MEINIANG MENG XI MIAO RUN Miaoying MONK Mount Cock mountain official Palace Maid performed playscripts PRINCE XU QIANQIAN Qing dynasty QINGYAN queen Scene Shaanxi shadow figures shadow plays SHANG FEIQIONG SHANG ZHI SHANJING SOLDIER Song Speaks TIANJUE troupe UNCLE WANG CHAO WANG HONG wanwanqiang warrior WEI TIANBAO white jade hairpin wife XIA CUIPING XU JINDING XU ZAN YAMEN YAMEN RUNNER YAN SONG YE XING YUE JUN ZHANG SAN Zhang Yun Zhenjiang ZHOU YIWANG