Judith T. Zeitlin F'11, F'88

Judith T. Zeitlin
William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor
East Asian Languages & Civilizations
University of Chicago

ACLS Fellowship Program 2011
East Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago
The Culture of Musical Entertainment in Early Modern China: Voice, Instrument, Text

This project examines the culture of musical entertainment in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties (roughly 1560-1700). During this period, musical entertainment mainly depended on two fashions where elite and popular culture met: courtesans and opera (qu). The study is structured around three key thematic components: the singing voice, the musical text, and the musical instrument. Each category offers fruitful ground for thinking through the material and social aspects of music-making, and for exploring how musical entertainment itself became an important topos to be reflected on in plays, songs, poems, woodblock illustrations, and other works of the time.

China Studies Program Postdoctoral Fellowships 1988
Harvard University
The Chinese discourse on the strange and Liaozhai zhiyi: the late Ming and early Qing debate on the nature and significance of recording 't