ASIAN 363 - Chinese Drama and Theater
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Traditional Chinese theater or xiqu (music-theater) was the mass media of China prior to the introduction of modern electronic media and remained important enough in the 20th century to be used as the main medium in political campaigns. Originally looked down upon, unsanctioned, and considered trivial, examples of Chinese dramatic writing have now been canonized and taken their place among the most honored works of Chinese literature. In this course, we will pay attention not only to how these plays work on the page and how they were read, but also to how they were staged (and in many cases, continue to be staged). We will also investigate the fate of this traditional art form in contemporary China, as well as attempts to fuse it and other dramatic traditions.

Course Requirements:

Short, pre-class assignments, one subjective paper, two short research papers, a presentation, class participation

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in China, dramatic literature, or theater

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly, emphasis on class discussion

ASIAN 363 - Chinese Drama and Theater
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

A request to put the edition of Peony Pavilion on reserve has been made.
ISBN: 9781603842006
Monks, bandits, lovers, and immortals : eleven early Chinese plays, Author: edited and translated with an introduction by Stephen H. West and Wilt L. Idema., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2010
ISBN: 0253340977
The Peony Pavilion : Mudan ting, Author: Tang Xianzu ; translated with a new preface by Cyril Birch ; introduction to the second edition by Catherine Swatek., Publisher: Indiana University Press 2nd ed. 2002
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