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HujuTraditional Opera in Modern Shanghai$
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Jonathan P. J. Stock

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262733

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.001.0001

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

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

(p.59) 2 Female Roles and the Rise of Actresses, 1915–c. 1950

Jonathan P. J. Stock

British Academy

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

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