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Opera and the City: The Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770–1900

Andrea Goldman


In late imperial China, opera was an integral part of life and culture, shared across the social hierarchy. Opera transmitted ideas about the self, family, society, and politics over time and space. The Qing capital of Beijing attracted a diverse array of opera genres and audiences and, by extension, served as a hub for the diffusion of cultural values via performance. It is in this context that the author harnesses opera as a lens through which to examine urban cultural history. Her meticulous yet playful account takes up the multiplicity of opera types that proliferated at the time, explorin ... More

Keywords: opera, imperial China, Beijing, Qing, culture, urban cultural history, playhouses, society, politics, moral order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804778312
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Goldman, author