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In contrast to traditional Chinese operas, the history of Chinese National Opera1 is only a few decades long. Some scholars believe that many Chinese operas are feminist and female-centered. However, from the aesthetic standard of women’s voice to the female character’s inner world, it is hard to say that one can describe these operas as feminist simply because women play leading roles or the female arias are more than male. This document will explain the observation by analyzing the portrayal of female archetypes in Chinese national opera and discussing how opera Xi Shi complies with or subverts the portrayal. The author reached a strong conclusions that demonstrates that Chinese opera is not female-centered. This document will also show how national opera is formulated in Chinese Confucianism and a particular political context.
Chinese National Opera; Female Archetype; Xi Shi
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Guo, Xin, "The Archetypal Female Image in Chinese National Opera: A Study of Xi Shi" (2021). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4293.
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