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January 25, 2010

Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Judith Zeitlin

Specters on Screen in Chinese Opera Film: A Case Study of A Test of Love (Qingtan, 1958)

February 2, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Between 1953 and 1966 some 115 opera films were made in the People's Republic of China, but because of anti-superstition campaigns, only 3 were adaptations of traditional ghost plays. My talk examines the complex history of the earliest and most interesting of these, the all-female Yue opera film of A Test of Love. I will pay particular attention to the interpenetration of different regional opera genres in the stage productions that led up to the film and to the ways in which theatrical conventions for portraying ghosts were re-imagined cinematically.

Judith T. Zeitlin is Professor in Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Among her many publications are The Phantom Heroine: Ghosts and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Literature and (co-edited) Thinking with Cases: Specialist Knowledge in Chinese Cultural History (both University of Hawai'i Press, 2007). She is co-editing a special issue on Chinese opera film for The Opera Quarterly due out in the fall of 2010 and working on other projects related to music, food, and illustrated books.

Posted by zzhu at January 25, 2010 01:21 PM