The Many Faces of Chinese Opera

1950Y [CRN: 25905]

“Chinese opera” denotes several hundred regional variations of a performance art form that comprises sung arias with musical accompaniment, spoken dialogue, stylized movements, and elaborate costumes and make-up. Originating in the elite leisure spaces of early modern China, the best known versions of this art form are Peking opera and Kun opera. We will examine drama texts from the Yuan dynasty to the present, learn about the aesthetics and politics of these textual and performance traditions, and consider theater culture within its social, economic, and historical contexts. Prerequisite: Previous study of literature or theater at the college level. WRIT
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