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Theater and Society: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama

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Haiping Yan, Editor

ARMONK, NEW YORK: M. E. SHARPE, 1998

XLVI + 328 PAGES

Reviewed by David Pasto

Translations of Chinese drama are not readily available (especially in reasonably priced editions), so Haiping Yan has performed a great service by providing the English-speaking world with translations of four plays and a film script. In addition, her introductory essay puts the plays in their theatrical context and serves as a scholarly entry into the plays. The book would be useful to teachers of contemporary Chinese history and politics as well as theater historians, since the plays depict current issues and living conditions in both urban and rural China.

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