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Identity Research, Conjectured Study

Identity Research, Conjectured Study Shiamin Kwa. Strange Eventful Histories: Identity, Performance, and Xu Wei's Four Cries of a Gibbon. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012. xii, 273 pp. Hardcover $39.95, isbn 978-0-674-06685-4. Xu Wei (1521­1593) was a literary giant, renowned artist, and accomplished military strategist in Ming China. Shiamin Kwa's book investigates Xu's four-play cycle, Four Cries of a Gibbon . The introduction attempts the construction of a logical frame to raise issues of identity and performance. The four chapters, each devoted to one play, explore the plays at the text and performance levels. The appendices provide annotated full translations of the plays for ready reference. The identity research is insightful and coherent. The performance study, though original and exciting, seems to rely on inconclusive textual evidence and unverified circumstantial evidence. The Identity Research Four Cries of a Gibbon was popular in late imperial China as well as with modern scholarship. Shiamin Kwa incorporates a wide range of modern scholarship -- imaginatively and productively at times -- into her own study. Not merely following up existing discourses, Kwa strives to avoid the beaten track so as to reach new conclusions or to deepen an apparent reading in order to reveal other layers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Identity Research, Conjectured Study

China Review International , Volume 20 (1) – Jan 22, 2013

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Shiamin Kwa. Strange Eventful Histories: Identity, Performance, and Xu Wei's Four Cries of a Gibbon. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012. xii, 273 pp. Hardcover $39.95, isbn 978-0-674-06685-4. Xu Wei (1521­1593) was a literary giant, renowned artist, and accomplished military strategist in Ming China. Shiamin Kwa's book investigates Xu's four-play cycle, Four Cries of a Gibbon . The introduction attempts the construction of a logical frame to raise issues of identity and performance. The four chapters, each devoted to one play, explore the plays at the text and performance levels. The appendices provide annotated full translations of the plays for ready reference. The identity research is insightful and coherent. The performance study, though original and exciting, seems to rely on inconclusive textual evidence and unverified circumstantial evidence. The Identity Research Four Cries of a Gibbon was popular in late imperial China as well as with modern scholarship. Shiamin Kwa incorporates a wide range of modern scholarship -- imaginatively and productively at times -- into her own study. Not merely following up existing discourses, Kwa strives to avoid the beaten track so as to reach new conclusions or to deepen an apparent reading in order to reveal other layers

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 22, 2013

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