The Limits of Reform

Joshua Goldstein

in Drama Kings

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247529
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932791 | DOI:
The Limits of Reform

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The concentrated attention on the actor as a public citizen who specialized in crafting and portraying the psychologically complex individual was related to other social and institutional trends. This chapter looks into these issues, describing the continued attempts to reform theaters and acting schools in order to foster the proper cultural habits of self-regulating citizenship. Meanwhile, the atmosphere of simultaneous crisis and reform pervaded the three main productive institutions of Peking opera: commercial theaters, acting troupes, and training academies. These institutions were all simultaneously confronting economic crises while attempting to implement fundamental social reforms.

Keywords: actor; public citizen; theater reforms; self-regulating citizenship; Peking opera; commercial theaters; acting troupes; training academies

Chapter.  11864 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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