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Huju: Traditional Opera in Modern Shanghai

Jonathan P. J. Stock


China has over three hundred distinct styles of music drama, from exorcism theatre to farce, historical romance, and shadow puppetry. This study considers one of the newer operatic forms. Established just two centuries ago, huju (Shanghai opera), is renowned for its portrayal of ordinary people, not the emperors, courtesans, and heroes of older forms. Acting and make-up aim for realism rather than symbolism, and stories deal with contemporaneous themes: the struggles of lovers to marry, women's rights after the Communist revolution (1949), and life under the new social order established by Den ... More

Keywords: China, music drama, exorcism theatre, farce, historical romance, shadow puppetry, huju, Shanghai opera, realism, Chinese opera

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780197262733
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan P. J. Stock, author
Lecturer in Music, University of Sheffield