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A Study on the Thematic, Narrative, and Musical Structure of Guan Hanqing’s Yuan «Zaju, Injustice to Dou E»


Yumin Ao

This book is a study of the thematic, narrative, and musical structure of Yuanqu xuan [A Selection of Yuan Plays] edition of the Yuan zaju (variety play) Dou E yuan [Injustice to Dou E] originally composed by the highly regarded playwright Guan Hanqing (fl. 1260). Although other authors have studied these three aspects of Dou E yuan separately, this is the first comprehensive treatment of the topic as a scholarly monograph in English. Yumin Ao’s analysis is based on the edition of the play in the Yuanqu xuan [A Selection of Yuan Plays] compiled by the Ming publisher Zang Maoxun (ca. 1550–1620). Ao proposes that Dou E yuan, as a dramatic narrative which develops through its enactment on the stage rather than by verbal presentation as a story, displays its integrative structure of narration through its thematic development and within its musical conventions.
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Ao, Yumin.A study on the thematic, narrative, and musical structure ofGuan Hanqing’s Yuan zaju, Injustice to Dou E / Yumin Ao.pages cm. — (Currents in comparative Romance languages and literatures; Vol. 240)Includes bibliographical references.1. Guan, Hanqing, approximately 1210–approximately 1298—Criticism and interpretation.2. Guan, Hanqing, approximately 1210–approximately 1298. Dou E yuan.3. Chinese drama—Yuan dynasty, 1260–1368—History and criticism. I. Title.PL2689.Z5Y86 895.12’42—dc23 2015003305ISBN 978-1-4331-3055-7 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4539-1555-4 (e-book)ISSN 0893-5963

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