With Cold Eyes: Theatricality and the Art of Spectatorship in 17th Century Chinese Drama
POSTPONED TO FALL 2002
Wednesday, April 10, 2002In this talk, Professor Volpp examines the shifting significance of the metaphor of the world as a stage through the seventeenth century. The notion of theatricality occupied such a prominent ideological niche during the late Ming and early Qing because, in part, the rapid commodification of the economy and the ascent of the mercantile class at the end of the sixteenth century created an anxiety about social imposture and impersonation. Notions of voyeurism and spectatorship elucidated the changing relations between different social spheres.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
243 Royce Hall
Sophie Volpp (Ph.D., Harvard, 1995) is Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Davis. She has published on, among other things, actors and gender in late imperial China. She now has a book manuscript in progress, Worldly Stage: Simulation and Spectacle in Seventeenth-Century China.
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