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Title: The formation of Taiwanese classical theatre, 1895-1937
Author: Kang, Yin-Chen
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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In this dissertation, I argue that Taiwanese classical theatre was formed during 1895 to 1937, the Japanese colonial period before the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). My argument is that Taiwanese classical theatre was formed through concept construction, the modernization of content, the emergence of new genres and the Taiwanization of language and themes. Japanese colonization launched modernization in Taiwan, which in turn brought about theatrical modernization. Japanese researchers introduced modern approaches to studying classical theatre in Taiwan, and therefore established a modern systemic approach to it. Based on this, the concept of "Taiwanese classical theatre" was constructed. Modernization further formed the contents of Taiwanese classical theatre. The Japanese introduced modern media to Taiwan. Meanwhile, the achievements of theatre reform and the realist aesthetic were introduced from Japan and China. Classical theatre troupes in Taiwan took advantage of modern media and learnt modern theatrical style. This in turn resulted in the emergence of a new genre, Taiwanese reformed theatre/Taiwanese opera. Realist aesthetics performed by Japanese and Chinese troupes further stimulated Taiwanese audiences to call for realism within a Taiwanese context. Classical theatre troupes in Taiwan responded to the demand, beginning a process of Taiwanization in language and themes. Taiwanese reformed theatre/Taiwanese opera was the last stage in the linguistic Taiwanization of classical theatre. It reflected concurrent and realistic language of Taiwanese people in daily life. Thereafter, classical theatre troupes, especially those of Taiwanese reformed theatre/Taiwanese opera, began to compose plays with Taiwanese themes. These plays reflected Taiwanese environment, history, society, customs, and so on, and showed modern characteristics as well. Taiwanization in themes was the final step; through it, the formation of Taiwanese classical theatre was completed. The formation of Taiwanese classical theatre is a mirror of newly-shaped Taiwanese culture in the colonial period and is also a crucial transition between traditional theatre and modern theatre in Taiwan.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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