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Kuo Hsiao-chuang —

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099944
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207394 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0008
Kuo Hsiao-chuang —

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This chapter examines why jingju was crowned as “guoju” (national drama) and became deeply interwoven with the whole problem of Taiwanese identity. It determines how an individual young actress dreamed of reforming the genre, and how she tried to achieve her goal of establishing a jingju that would “belong to tradition, modernity, and to you and me”. It moves the investigation from the mainland to Taiwan and the central figure is Kuo Hsiao-chuang, a dan actress whose work in the 1980s was once described by Wang Anqi, a Taiwanese scholar, as “dazzling sunlight” that people either loved or hated.

Keywords: jingju; guoju; national drama; Taiwanese identity; mainland; Kuo Hsiao-chuang; dan actress; Wang Anqi

Chapter.  12087 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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