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Opera and the CityThe Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770–1900$
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Andrea Goldman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778312

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778312.001.0001

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This chapter presents a literary analysis of a subgenre of writings known as “flower registers” (huapu). It describes how allusions to pain enabled Qing theater enthusiasts to position themselves in debates about taste and distinction. The Qing-dynasty huapu in the tradition of evaluative biographies of entertainers that dates from Sun Qi's late ninth-century Chronicles of the Northern Quarter is also reviewed. The huapu was a relative latecomer to a long tradition of connoisseurship texts that claimed to rank and evaluate things and people. It always offered the lao dou as a figure against which the connoisseur-author constantly measured himself. The exclusivity of the connoisseur's aesthetic and social vision could only be fully articulated against a backdrop of vulgarity—whether the taste of the lao dou, the taste of merchants, or, more broadly, the “taste of the times”.

Keywords:   flower registers, huapu, pain, Qing theater, Qing-dynasty, Chronicles of the Northern Quarter, connoisseurship, lao dou, connoisseur

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