TANG Xianzu (Tāng Xiǎnzǔ 汤显祖)

Patricia SIEBER

Attuned to the contemporaneous intellectual trends of political reform, philosophical experimentation, and literary innovation, Tang Xianzu invested song-drama with a new philosophical seriousness. His resulting oeuvre, particularly the romance entitled Peony Pavilion, has earned him a lasting reputation as one of China’s most accomplished dramatists.

Confronted with the highly autocratic politics, intellectual ferment, and literary experimentation characteristic of his era (the Ming dynasty, 1368–1644), Tang Xianzu transformed song-drama from a vehicle of….

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