Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Shanghai

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This ground-breaking volume documents women's influence on popular culture in twentieth-century China by examining Yue opera. A subgenre of Chinese opera, it migrated from the countryside to urban Shanghai and morphed from its traditional all-male form into an all-female one, with women cross-dressing as male characters for a largely female audience. Yue opera originated in the Zhejiang countryside as a form of story-singing, which rural immigrants brought with them to the metropolis of Shanghai. There, in the 1930s, its ...

Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Shanghai 2009, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295988443

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Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Shanghai 2009, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295988436

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