Review by Choice Review
A valuable collection of essays that is the result of a week-long conference on contemporary Chinese drama held at SUNY-Buffalo in 1984. It is the first comprehensive evaluation of theater activity in China between 1910 and the early 1980s. Lin Chen and Bruce Doar have written on the use of history or historical themes in contemporary Chinese drama. Ellen Judd, Kirk Denton, William Sun, and Adrian Hsia have insightful essays on dramatic theory and the use of ideas of cultural revolution in plays. An entire section of essays is devoted to post-1976 theater activity, and includes essays by Daniel Yang, Mackerras, Gilbert Fong, Tung, and Helmut Martin. The important introduction and conclusion are written by Tung and Mackerras, respectively. Brief notes on the contributors identify the writers for the benefit of those who are not familiar with the scholars in this important field of study. Although all essays are interesting, one of the most revealing is by William Huizhu Sun on ``Mei Lanfang, Stanislavsky and Brecht on China's Stage and Their Aesthetic Significance.'' Upper-division and graduate students.-C.C. Harbour, University of Montevallo
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