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Divergences and Convergences between Literati and Popular Drama in China

A talk by LU YINGKUN (Communications University of China)

Monday, February 23, 2009
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

In the Chinese imperial examination system, a wide gulf separated the literati from actors. The literati filled the ranks of those waiting to enter officialdom, while actors were considered to belong the ranks of the "mean people." These groups also differed when it came to the production of drama: actors sold their artistic services to make a living, and literati engaged in dramatic creation as a form of self-expression.  Add to that the differences between literati and actors in terms of cultural sophistication and literary skill, and the contrast between the “elegant” (ya) and “vulgar” (su) styles that emerged from their dramatic corpus becomes obvious.  And yet, at the same time, the dramas of these two groups were never fully distinguished from each other.  Rather, they frequently drew upon and adapted each other’s works.  Over the last several hundred years, the works that have had the greatest life on the stage typically have been those that were products of mutual creative influences.

Professor Lu will speak in Chinese.

路应昆 1953年生。1970年入艺校,后入成都市川剧院,从事乐器演奏和音乐创作。1985年入中国艺术研究院攻读硕士学位。1988年起供职于北京市艺术研究所。1992年入中国艺术研究院攻读博士学位,完成博士论文《论高腔》。1994年起先后供职于中国艺术研究院戏曲研究所、研究生部和音乐研究所。2002年起供职于中国传媒大学(原名北京广播学院)。主要研究领域为戏曲史、戏曲音乐和中国音乐史。已出版个人专著《中国戏曲与社会诸色》、《高腔与川剧音乐》、《戏曲艺术论》、《浓梦清歌——中国文人戏曲》等,完成课题《清代乱弹研究》等,在集体项目《中华艺术通史》中任明代上卷主编,《中国音乐词典(增订版)》中负责戏曲音乐部类。 


 

 


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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