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Title: 'Zhaojun's Dream' By Xue Dan: Translated by Mark Stevenson and Wu Cuncun
Contributor(s): Wu, Cuncun (author); Stevenson, M (author)
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstract: According to the 'Guben xiqu jumu tiyao' [An Annotated Catalogue of Dramatic Works in Ancient Editions] the following 'zaju' play by Xue Dan (fl. mid-17th to early 18th century) was the source of something of a nationwide revival in late Qing dynasty (1644-1911) and early Republican period (1912-1949) interest in the Wang Zhaojun story,particularly in theatrical writing and performance. Whereas previousperformances and accounts, especially since the Song dynasty (960-1279), had embellished the story in accordance with conservative Neo-Confucian values, Xue Dan's story dismisses concerns over chastity and suicide in favour of more romantic themes of love and longing. The result is a 'playful' play, experimenting with tensions between hope and fate, desire and duty, and illusion and reality that reach back through China's cultural past.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Renditions, 59 & 60(Spring & Autumn), p. 154-180
Publisher: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Place of Publication: Hong Kong
ISSN: 0377-3515
Field of Research (FOR): 200517 Literature in Chinese
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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