Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Staging, Spectacles, And Acts Of Recognition

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter argues that a sense of the ubiquity of the stage and the structuring of the viewing/viewed relationship contributes to the development of a major literary theme in Chinese literature, namely, the presentation of heroes. Following a brief discussion of why the previous atheatrical approach to the study of heroism only befits earlier chivalric writings, the chapter then defines the unique theatricality of Shuihu heroism as constituted of the relationship between performers and connoisseurs. It discusses the strong emotional bonding between performers and connoisseurs of heroism-a bonding late imperial writers and commentators saw as central to the staging of acts of recognition. Finally, the chapter analyzes the scene in which the Emperor grants amnesty to the Shuihu heroes arguing that he places himself as the viewer, but his viewing 'contains' the anti-establishment elements of Shuihu heroic theatricality.

Keywords: acts of recognition; amnesty; atheatrical approach; Chinese heroism; Chinese literature; Shuihu zhuan; theatrical bonding; theatrical recognition



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Novel and Theatrical Imagination in Early Modern China — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation