Theaters of Desire: Authors, Readers, and the Reproduction of Early Chinese Song-Drama, 1300-2000

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 18, 2003 - History - 268 pages
Blending a flair for textual nuance with theoretical engagement, Theaters of Desire not only contributes to our understanding of the most influential form of early Chinese song-drama in local and international cultural contexts, but adds a Chinese perspective to the scholarship on print culture, authorship, and the regulatory discourses of desire. The book argues that, particularly between 1550 and 1680, Chinese elite editors rewrote and printed early plays and songs, so-called Yuan-dynasty zaju and sanqu, to imagine and embody new concepts of authorship, readership and desire, an interpretation that contrasts starkly with the national and racially-oriented reception of song-drama developed by European critics after 1735 and subsequently modified by Japanese and Chinese critics after 1897. By analyzing the critical and material facets of the early song and play tradition across different historical periods and cultural settings, Theaters of Desire presents a compelling case study of literary canon formation.

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PATRICIA SIEBER is Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. After studying Chinese, Japanese and German literature in Tokyo, Zurich and Beijing, she received her Ph.D. in Chinese from the University of California, Berkeley. Her articles on Chinese canon formation, literary thought and East/West cultural relations have appeared in Contemporary Buddhism, Graven Images, Journal of Chinese Religions, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and Monumenta Serica. She is also the editor of a collection of contemporary Chinese women's fiction Red Is Not the Only Color (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).

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