Maoist model theatre: The semiotics of gender and sexuality in the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)

Roberts, Rosemary A. Maoist model theatre: The semiotics of gender and sexuality in the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Leiden, Germany: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2010.

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Author Roberts, Rosemary A.
Title Maoist model theatre: The semiotics of gender and sexuality in the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)
Place of Publication Leiden, Germany
Publisher Koninklijke Brill NV
Publication year 2010
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Volume 2
Series Women and Gender in China Studies
ISBN 9789004177444
9004177442
Language eng
Total number of pages 285
Collection year 2011
Subjects A1
950502 Understanding Asia's Past
200202 Asian Cultural Studies
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Abstract/Summary This book is a convincing reflection that changes our understanding of gender in Maoist culture, esp. for what critics from the 1990s onwards have termed its ‘erasure’ of gender and sexuality. In particular the strong heroines of the yangbanxi, or ‘model works’ which dominated the Cultural Revolution period, have been seen as genderless revolutionaries whose images were damaging to women. Drawing on contemporary theories ranging from literary and cultural studies to sociology, this book challenges that established view through detailed semiotic analysis of theatrical systems of the yangbanxi including costume, props, kinesics, and various audio and linguistic systems. Acknowledging the complex interplay of traditional, modern, Chinese and foreign gender ideologies as manifest in the 'model works', it fundamentally changes our insights into gender in Maoist culture.
Keyword Cultural Revolution
Chinese theatre
Gender ideologies
Maoist model theatre
Q-Index Code A1
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