A Study on the Thematic, Narrative, and Musical Structure of by Yumin Ao

By Yumin Ao

This booklet is a learn of the thematic, narrative, and musical constitution of Yuanqu xuan [A collection of Yuan performs] variation of the Yuan zaju (variety play) Dou E yuan [Injustice to Dou E] initially composed through the very hot playwright Guan Hanqing (fl. 1260). even though different authors have studied those 3 points of Dou E yuan individually, this is often the 1st complete remedy of the subject as a scholarly monograph in English. Yumin Ao’s research is predicated at the version of the play within the Yuanqu xuan [A collection of Yuan performs] compiled by means of the Ming writer Zang Maoxun (ca. 1550-1620). Ao proposes that Dou E yuan, as a dramatic narrative which develops via its enactment at the degree instead of by way of verbal presentation as a narrative, monitors its integrative constitution of narration via its thematic improvement and inside of its musical conventions.

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The lament should be regarded as a concise summary of the authority and judgement of previous writers on him 22 Faye Chunfang Fei, ed. : University of Michigan Press, 1999), 38. 23 Zhong, “LGB,” in QHHB (Tang-Song-Yuan Volume), 315. 24 Jia Zhongming, “Lugui bu xubian” 錄鬼簿續編 (A Sequel to the Register of Ghosts). In ZGXLJ, vol. 2, 151. 26 | a study on the thematic , narr ative , and m u s i c a l st r u c t ur e and his dramatic production. It indicates that Guan was excellent in applying natural language to depict characters in his dramas.

As is implied in the comments above, Zhu was inclined to think that the language style of Guan Hanqing’s plays was fairly coarse and forthright to a degree, apparently reflecting the literary opinions of the aristocratic ruling class. Nevertheless, in an essay 26 Fei, Chinese Theories of Theater and Performance from Confucius to the Present, 43. 27 Zhu Quan, “Taihe zhengyin pu,” in ZGXLJ, vol. 3, 17. 28 The Ming scholar Wang Shizhen 王世貞 (1526–1590) made a similar point to that of Zhu Quan in the Qu zao 曲藻 [Language of Drama], in conjunction with the criticism of Xu Fuzuo 徐複祚 (1560–ca.

37 When Guan arrived in Yangzhou, he was already an octogenarian. The attraction of Yangzhou was not only its natural scenery, but also the chance to meet Zhu Lianxiu 珠簾秀 (years of birth and death unknown) who was one of the famous zaju actresses at that time. Zhu Lianxiu had close contact with the other well-known playwrights and sanqu writers, such as Lu Zhi 盧摯 (ca. 1242–ca. 1314), Feng Zizhen 馮子振 (ca. 1257–ca. 1314) and Hu Diyu 胡祗遹 (1227–1295). 38 The dramas of Guan Hanqing disclosing the social realities of his time were produced after he experienced many vicissitudes of life.

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