Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama (review)

Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama (review) 564 China Review International: Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2000 Haiping Yan, editor. Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama. Asia and the Pacific series. Armonk and London: M. E. Sharpe, 1998. xlvi, 328 pp. Hardcover $62.95, ISBN 0­7656­0307­1. Paperback $24.95, ISBN 0­7656­0308­x. The 1980s were a period of great innovation and promise for the Chinese arts in general and for the Chinese theater in particular. The period of reform that Deng Xiaoping introduced at the end of 1978 resulted in a breakdown of the artistic stereotypes promoted by the Cultural Revolution. For the first time in many years playwrights were able to express through their plays the realities they saw around them without having to put on rose-colored propaganda glasses imposed on them by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The 1980s were a highly innovative and creative period for the Chinese theater in which authors took up themes criticizing the ills of contemporary society in ways that had not been possible in the earlier years of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Themes like status, gender, and sexuality, and even the political failure or at least the irrelevance of the CCP became common in Chinese http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama (review)

China Review International, Volume 7 (2) – Sep 1, 2000

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564 China Review International: Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2000 Haiping Yan, editor. Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama. Asia and the Pacific series. Armonk and London: M. E. Sharpe, 1998. xlvi, 328 pp. Hardcover $62.95, ISBN 0­7656­0307­1. Paperback $24.95, ISBN 0­7656­0308­x. The 1980s were a period of great innovation and promise for the Chinese arts in general and for the Chinese theater in particular. The period of reform that Deng Xiaoping introduced at the end of 1978 resulted in a breakdown of the artistic stereotypes promoted by the Cultural Revolution. For the first time in many years playwrights were able to express through their plays the realities they saw around them without having to put on rose-colored propaganda glasses imposed on them by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The 1980s were a highly innovative and creative period for the Chinese theater in which authors took up themes criticizing the ills of contemporary society in ways that had not been possible in the earlier years of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Themes like status, gender, and sexuality, and even the political failure or at least the irrelevance of the CCP became common in Chinese

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