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Cross-dressing in Chinese opera
Staff Publications
  • Siu Leung LI, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Book
Publication Date
4-1-2003
Publisher
Hong Kong University Press
Abstract

The enchantment of the figure of the "male dan" – female impersonator – remains a residual element in the cultural imagination of many contemporary Chinese societies. The various kinds of interpretive possibilities in the commanding tradition of cross-dressing Chinese opera have yet to be examined in-depth. In order to discuss "mistaken identity" and gender issues as they relate to cross-dressing on the Chinese operatic stage, this book examines a wide range of materials, including traditional dramatic texts, modern literary writings, critical writings (for example, quhua), opera paintings, and contemporary movies. The book explores gendering and gender differences that are constructed, reproduced, dismantled, and contested in this particularly rich site of Chinese culture.

Language
English
ISBN
9789622096035
Publisher Statement
Copyright © Hong Kong University Press 2003. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.
Citation Information
Li, S. L. (2003). Cross-dressing in chinese opera. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.