A two-week module for Chinese Classical theatre. ASDP Infusing Institute 2013 Edward Kahn Department of Theatre & Dance Ohio Wesleyan University. Aims. Theatre Studies aims To move beyond performance /literature specifics (“ what it is”)
ASDP Infusing Institute 2013
Department of Theatre & Dance
Ohio Wesleyan University
(“what it is”)
With the Mulan the class can compare/contrast texts from three of the four historical areas – utilizing a familiar story
The Female Mulan Joins the Army in Place of Her Father, by Xu Wei, translated by ShiaminKwa
16th century (Ming)
zaju, joined song style (writer centered composition)
Mu Lan Joins the Army, anonymous, translated by Wilt L. Idema
1903 (end of the Qing)
jingju, beat [and] tune style (performer centered composition)
The Saga of Mulan(subtitled)
longjiang opera - combined with modern “Hollywood” elements
Start with the oldest extant Mulan poem (12th century) which points back to the northeaster conflicts of the Northern Wei period (4th to 6th centuries), a non-Han dynasty
Filial piety (xiao)
Loyalty to the rulers (zhong)
(e.g. She fights for the “khan” in the 12th century poem, and against the “khan” in the 1903 version.)
What is Mulan’s relation to her father – e.g. her rationale to serve?
What is Mulan’s relation to her military superiors?
What preparations does Mulan undertake?
(e.gwhat does it mean that she unbinds her feet - and claims to have a method to reshrink them once she’s done fighting in the Ming version.)
How does she deal with her hardships?
What does she do at the end of the story?
(e.g. in the Ming version she returns to an arranged marriage – to a man who has just passed the civil service exam. In the Modern version she falls in love with a sergeant, who dies in the final battle.)
e.g. Section I of Lan, Feng. "The female individual and the empire: A historicist approach to Mulan and Kingston's woman warrior." Comparative Literature 55, no. 3 (2003): 229-245.
e.g. 1.7 Zixia said: “As for persons who care for character much more than beauty, who in serving their parents are able to exert themselves utterly, who give their whole person in the service of their ruler, and who, in interactions with colleagues and friends make good on their word – even if it were said of such person that they are unschooled, I would insist that they are well educated indeed.” trans. Ames and Rosemont