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Music And Dramatic Lyricism In Hong Sheng's Palace Of Eternal Life

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This chapter focuses on Hong Sheng's play Changsheng dian 長生殿 (The Palace of Eternal Life). It analyzes how the author employs music in the play and how his distinct treatments of music and poetry highlight the composite art of lyricism, narrativity and dramaticism of chuanqi drama. The issues addressed are: How did the poet Hong Sheng realize his ideal lyricism through his dramatic work? How did drama come to be employed as a public medium for early Qing literati to convey private sentiments? How did recurrent thematic melodies create boundary-crossing imagination? How did music performance within the play function as a vehicle to recollect cultural memory and what was its metatheatrical effect? What self-referential significance can we find in Hong Sheng's portrayal of the music masters?.

Keywords: Hong Sheng; The Palace of Eternal Life



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