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Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama, and: The Chinese Other, 1850-1925: An Anthology of Plays (review)

Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama, and: The Chinese Other,... THEATER AND SOCIETY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY CHINESE DRAMA. Edited by Yan Haiping. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 1998. 328 pp. Paper $24.95 THE CHINESE OTHER 1850­1925: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PLAYS. Edited by Dave Williams. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1997. 432 pp. Paper $39.50 Anthologies are sorely lacking in the field of Chinese spoken drama, so their publication is cause for celebration. Yan Haiping's collection of play translations, Theater and Society, took nearly eight years to go to press. It joins Shiaoling Yu's Chinese Drama After the Cultural Revolution (1996, reviewed in ATJ 15/2) as the only anthologies since Edward Gunn's Twentieth Century Chinese Drama (1983) to make modern Chinese scripts available in English, constituting a significant contribution to Asian theatre scholarship. With such a dearth of published material, it is unfortunate that these two recent anthologies overlap so considerably (both include Yu's translation of Wei Minglun's experimental Sichuan opera Pan Jinlian, Gao Xingjian's Bus Stop, and Wang Peigong's WM ) rather than making a greater number of the many neglected contemporary Chinese plays available to international readers. The fact that each editor was aware of the other's project makes the situation even more regrettable. Yan http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama, and: The Chinese Other, 1850-1925: An Anthology of Plays (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 17 (1) – Mar 1, 2000

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THEATER AND SOCIETY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY CHINESE DRAMA. Edited by Yan Haiping. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, 1998. 328 pp. Paper $24.95 THE CHINESE OTHER 1850­1925: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PLAYS. Edited by Dave Williams. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1997. 432 pp. Paper $39.50 Anthologies are sorely lacking in the field of Chinese spoken drama, so their publication is cause for celebration. Yan Haiping's collection of play translations, Theater and Society, took nearly eight years to go to press. It joins Shiaoling Yu's Chinese Drama After the Cultural Revolution (1996, reviewed in ATJ 15/2) as the only anthologies since Edward Gunn's Twentieth Century Chinese Drama (1983) to make modern Chinese scripts available in English, constituting a significant contribution to Asian theatre scholarship. With such a dearth of published material, it is unfortunate that these two recent anthologies overlap so considerably (both include Yu's translation of Wei Minglun's experimental Sichuan opera Pan Jinlian, Gao Xingjian's Bus Stop, and Wang Peigong's WM ) rather than making a greater number of the many neglected contemporary Chinese plays available to international readers. The fact that each editor was aware of the other's project makes the situation even more regrettable. Yan

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Published: Mar 1, 2000

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