Jonathan P. J. Stock

in Huju

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262733
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734502 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs


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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to present the history and music of Shanghai opera to students and scholars of ethnomusicology. Chinese music, despite being much researched by a large body of scholars, sometimes seems to remain in a peripheral position within the discipline as a whole. This study also aims to re-evaluate certain aspects of current ethnomusicological theory and practice. The chapter considers the use of the term ‘opera’ in the Chinese context followed by a discussion of Shanghai opera. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Shanghai opera; Chinese opera; Chinese music; traditional opera; ethnomusicology

Chapter.  12623 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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