Abstract

Unlike revivals of classical drama in previous decades, post-1990 adaptations of Yuan-dynasty plays in China have taken new directions. Wenwei Du examines these new phenomena in three types of adaptations. His article discusses various new versions of such Yuan masterpieces as The Chalk Circle, The Orphan of Zhao, The Lute, and The Western Wing. What links all these recent revivals is the relation between historicity and contemporaneity. Playwrights, directors, artists, and critics are all concerned with the problem of how contemporary adaptations can remain faithful to the original while making ancient themes relevant to present-day society.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2109
Print ISSN
0742-5457
Pages
pp. 222-237
Launched on MUSE
2001-09-01
Open Access
No
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