Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan
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Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan

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ISBN-13:
9780252029738
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.06.2005
Seiten:
256
Autor:
Nancy Guy
Gewicht:
562 g
Format:
237x162x24 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
"Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan tells the peculiar story of an art caught in a sea of overtly ideological ebbs and flows. Nancy Guy demonstrates the potential significance of the political environment for an art form's development, ranging from determining the smallest performative details (such as how a melody can or cannot be composed to whether a tradition ultimately thrives or withers away. When Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists retreated to Taiwan in 1949, they brought Peking opera performers with them to strengthen their authority through a symbolically important art. Valuing mainland Chinese culture above Taiwanese culture, the Nationalists generously supported Peking opera to the virtual exclusion of local performing traditions, despite their wider popularity. Later, as Taiwan turned toward democracy, the island's own "indigenous" products became more highly valued and Peking opera found itself on a tenuous footing. Finally, in 1995, all of its opera troupes and schools (formerly supported by the ministry of Defense) were dismantled. Nancy Guy investigates the mechanisms through which Peking Opera was perpetuated, controlled, and ultimately disempowered, and explores the artistic and political consequences of the state's involvement as its primary patron. Her study provides a unique perspective on the interplay between ideology and power within Taiwan's dynamic society.