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Acting the Right Part
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Acting the Right Part is a cultural history of huaju (modern Chinese drama) from 1966 to 1996. Xiaomei Chen situates her study both in the context of Chinese literary and cultural history and in the context of comparative drama and theater, cultural studies, and critical issues relevant to national theater worldwide. Following a discussion of the marginality of modern Chinese drama in relation to other genres, periods, and cultures, early chapters focus on the dynamic relationship between theater and revolution. Chosen during the Cultural Revolution as the exclusive artistic vehicle to promote proletariat art, "model theater" raises important questions about the complex relationships between women, memory, nation/state, revolution, and visual culture. Throughout this study, Chen argues that dramatic norms inform both theatrical performance and everyday political behavior in contemporary China.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1. Introduction: Why Not Modern Chinese Drama?
  2. pp. 17-72
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  1. 2. Operatic Revolutions: Tradition, Memory, and Women in Model Theater
  2. pp. 73-121
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  1. 3. Family, Village, Nation/State, and the Third World: The Imagined Communities in Model Theater
  2. pp. 123-158
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  1. 4. Audience, Applause, and Actor: Border Crossing in Social Problem Plays
  2. pp. 159-193
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  1. 5. Performing Tiananmen: From Street Theater to Theater of the Street
  2. pp. 195-233
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  1. 6. A Stage of Their Own: Feminism, Countervoices, and the Problematics of Women’s Theater
  2. pp. 235-260
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  1. 7. From Discontented Mother to Woman Warrior: Body Politics in Post-Maoist Theater
  2. pp. 261-289
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  1. 8. A Stage in Search of a Tradition: The Dynamics of Form and Content in Post-Maoist Theater
  2. pp. 291-330
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  1. Appendix: A Selected List of Plays from the Republican to the PRC Periods in English Translation
  2. pp. 331-338
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 339-397
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 399-408
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 409-437
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 439-466
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