Staging the world in late-Qing China: Globe, nation, and race in a 1904 Beijing Opera

R. E. Karl

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    Abstract

    This essay takes the first Beijing Opera of China's early twentieth-century reformist opera movement as an exemplary text and performative context through which to analyze the production of a new historical consciousness in late-Qing China (1895-1911). Performed in Shanghai in 1904, the opera is centrally concerned with the modern partition of Poland. The essay argues that the opera's interpretation of history is a deliberate intervention into China's turbulent socio-political atmosphere and helps mark an attempt to popularize through performance a new synchronic global consciousness that links China's contemporary history to the non-Western world of global transformation at the turn of the twentieth century.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)551-606
    Number of pages56
    JournalIdentities
    Volume6
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2000

    Keywords

    • Beijing Opera
    • Global history
    • Historical interpretation
    • Late-Qing China
    • Reform movement

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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