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The Structuring Of XI In Illustrations And A Prologue Theatrical

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This chapter examines a one act variety play, "Kuang gushi Yuyang sannong" by Xu Wei (1521-1593), to explain how the relationship enacts a theatrical. "Kuang gushi" verifies the conceptualization of theatricality as a relationship between performer, audience, and the space in which both interact. It reveals a self-reflexive intertwining of the three theatrical elements of staging, acting, and viewing. The chapter examines the images of the literal theater followed by a discussion of more general theatrical spaces. The reading of "Kuang gushi" in early modern China usually began by viewing a pictorial representation showing a space that fits into the category of stageless staging. Quyu were first used as literal stages for theater performances. Like the raised stage, quyu set up a boundary separating and connecting the viewers and the viewed as seen in "Yuan Shi yiquan", "Tongjia hui", "Hehua dang", and Jin Ping Mei.

Keywords: China; Kuang gushi Yuyang sannong; literal theater; theatrical spaces



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