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Strange Eventful Histories: Identity, Performance, and Xu Wei's Four Cries of a Gibbon (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series)

Kwa, Shiamin

Verlag: Harvard University Asia Center, 2013
ISBN 10: 0674066855 / ISBN 13: 9780674066854
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Titel: Strange Eventful Histories: Identity, ...

Verlag: Harvard University Asia Center

Erscheinungsdatum: 2013

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In Four Cries of a Gibbon by the late-Ming dynasty playwright Xu Wei, characters move between life and death, and male and female, as they seek to articulate who they truly are. In this first critical study and annotated translation, Kwa considers how Wei'e(tm)s exploration of identity paved the way for further reflection in later fiction and drama. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0674066855

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Inhaltsangabe: When it comes to really knowing a person, is what you see really what you get? Is it ever all you get? In this first critical study and annotated translation of the dramatic masterpiece Four Cries of a Gibbon by the late-Ming dynasty Chinese playwright Xu Wei, author Shiamin Kwa considers the ways that people encounter and understand each other in extraordinary circumstances. With its tales of crimes redressed in the next world and girls masquerading as men to achieve everlasting fame, Four Cries of a Gibbon complicated issues of self and identity when it appeared in the late Ming dynasty, paving the way for increasingly nuanced reflections on such questions in late Ming and early Qing fiction and drama. Beyond their historical context, Xu Wei?s influential plays serve as testimony to what Kwa argues are universal strategies found within drama. The heroes and heroines in these plays glide back and forth across the borders of life and death, of male and female, as they seek to articulate who they truly are. As the actors sort out these truths onstage, the members of the audience are invited to consider the truths that they live with offstage.

Über den Autor: Shiamin Kwa is a Lecturer at Rice University.

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