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Understanding Chinese Theater: Poetry, Society, and Play by Stephen West
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:30pm
 Understanding Chinese Theater: Poetry, Society, and Play by Stephen West

CANCELLED due to severe weather 

Understanding Chinese Theater: Poetry, Society, and Play

 

Dr. Stephen H. West

Foundation Professor of Chinese
at Arizona State University

 
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
6:30 PM 
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), Room 338
1825 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97201
 
FREE and Open to the Public
 
 
Chinese theater is a cultural and social phenomenon as much as it is a spectacle on stage. It's roots grew in far different soil than that of Western theater, and its touch points in traditional culture are vastly different. This talk will discuss the formation of stage characters in the period of 1150–1400, the development of acting troupes and guilds within an urban context in which they were associated with gambling and prostitution, and their presence in the Chinese court. It will discuss the separate lives of dramatic texts which, like drama in the West, also became fine reading literature and will treat as well visual representations of high moments of dramas in tactile arts of painting and ceramics.
 
 
 
About the speaker: Professor Stephen H. West received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1972. He began his teaching career at the University of Arizona (1972-85) before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1986. He currently is a Foundation Professor of Chinese at Arizona State University. He teaches courses in the prose and poetry of late medieval China (the Song and Yuan dynasties), urban literature of the 12th-13th century, and early Chinese drama. His research specialties are in early Chinese theater, urban culture of the late medieval period, and cultural history of the same period.
 
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Contact:
The Institute for Asian Studies
tel: 503.725.8576