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Female Roles and the Rise of Actresses, 1915–<i>c</i>. 1950

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.003.0003

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Female Roles and the Rise of Actresses, 1915–c. 1950

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A central element of the history of huju in the 20th century is the emergence of female performers: this in a tradition formerly dominated by men, some of whom impersonated female roles. This chapter focuses on issues pertaining to and associated with these new performers. Treated as a case study in the field of music and gender, and drawing on theoretical proposals from several fields, the chapter begins in the same historical area as that discussed in Chapter 1 but ranges beyond the former chapter's historical confines to consider some later data also.

Keywords: Chinese opera; Shanghai opera; huju; female performers; female singers

Chapter.  15047 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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