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Rise and Fall: Audience Participation and Market Economy in Traditional Chinese Opera

Zhang, Yuanziyi (2021) Rise and Fall: Audience Participation and Market Economy in Traditional Chinese Opera. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Throughout Chinese history, traditional opera has encountered peaks and valleys. Although the status of the art and performers has been long controversial, the most significant factor that determines the destiny of traditional Chinese opera is actually the vitality of its market. My thesis seeks to tackle the role of market and audience participation in different stages of the development of Peking Opera, delineating the tripartite relationship between political interference, audience participation, and technological development. Within Henry Jenkins’ theoretical framework of media convergence, I investigate collective intelligence, participatory culture, and contemporary fan culture vis-à-vis digital media that has been contextualized in traditional Chinese opera and its economic impact. I also explore the reactions and responses of the opera industry in China under the new norm of COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 period.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zhang, Yuanziyiyuz172@pitt.eduyuz1720000-0002-7187-3867
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairQian, Kunqiankun@pitt.eduqiankun
Committee MemberExley, Charlesexley@pitt.eduexley
Committee MemberShi, Songsos59@pitt.edusos59
Date: 3 May 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 April 2021
Approval Date: 3 May 2021
Submission Date: 12 April 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 57
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traditional Chinese Opera, Audience Participation, Fan Economy
Date Deposited: 03 May 2021 15:35
Last Modified: 03 May 2021 15:35

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