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Opera, Society, and Politics in Modern China
ISBN: HB: 9780674987166, Harvard University Press, December 2018
380 pp., 22.9x15.2 cm, 21 line illus., 6 maps, 1 table
Popular operas in late imperial China were a major part of daily entertainment, and were also important for transmitting knowledge of Chinese culture and values. In the twentieth century, however, Chinese operas went through significant changes. Duri...
One King Lear
ISBN: HB: 9780674504844, Harvard University Press, April 2016
310 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 7 halftones, 1 line illus., 2 tables
"King Lear" exists in two different texts: the Quarto (1608) and the Folio (1623). Because each supplies passages missing in the other, for over 200 years editors combined the two to form a single text, the basis for all modern productions. Then in t...
Our Aesthetic Categories Zany, Cute, Interesting
ISBN: PB: 9780674088122, Harvard University Press, November 2015
344 pp., 23.4x15.5 cm, 44 halftones, 4 line illus.
The zany, the cute, and the interesting saturate postmodern culture. They dominate the look of its art and commodities as well as our discourse about the ambivalent feelings these objects often inspire. In this radiant study, Sianne Ngai offers a the...
Worldly Stage Theatricality in Seventeenth-Century China
ISBN: HB: 9780674021440, Harvard University Press, May 2011
350 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
In seventeenth-century China, as formerly disparate social spheres grew closer, the theater began to occupy an important ideological niche among traditional cultural elites, and notions of performance and spectatorship came to animate diverse aspects...
Secret Life of Puppets
ISBN: PB: 9780674012448, Harvard University Press, November 2003
368 pp., 14.4x22.5 cm, 15 halftones
In one of those rare books that allows us to see the world not as we've never seen it before, but as we see it daily without knowing, Victoria Nelson illuminates the deep but hidden attraction the supernatural still holds for a secular mainstream cul...