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Author Ye, Xiaoqing, author

Title Ascendant peace in the four seas : drama and the Qing Imperial Court / Ye Xiaoqing
Published Hong Kong : Chinese University of Hong Kong, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 330 pages) : color illustrations
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- Imperial institutions for ceremonial and private performances -- Drama, occasion, and audience -- Performers in the palace -- Cultural and political control -- Peking Opera and the court -- Conclusion. Peking Opera and a new political focus -- Bibliography -- Index -- Index for operas and other works -- Index for general entries
Summary Relying on materials uncovered by in the First Historical Archives in Beijing, the author investigates the development of imperial drama and its influence on Peking Opera, as well as the function and system of the Nanfu (later Shengpingshu)--an organization responsible for drama in the Qing dynasty. Also discussed are the complex roles of the actors on and off stage, and the broader issues of cultural and political control intertwined with the performances themselves. The final section delves into the interaction between the palace and commercial theatres and how this contributed to the transformation of "low class" regional Peking Opera into an art form enjoyed by a wide swath of society
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-302) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Politics and literature -- China -- History -- 18th century.
Theater -- Political aspects -- China -- History -- 18th century.
Theater -- Political aspects -- China -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9629969076