“In this thoughtful and richly informative study of theatrical costume in the early Qing, Guojun Wang explores the dramatic transformation in the clothing and hairstyles of Han Chinese men through actual drama. Plunged into the imagined worlds created for audiences of long ago, the reader emerges from Staging Personhood with a sense of the play between costume and clothing, the theatrical and the everyday, that produced the sartorial landscape of early Qing China.”
~Antonia Finnane, author of Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, History, Nation
This week’s featured title is Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama, by Guojun Wang. This work uncovers a hidden history of the Ming–Qing transition by exploring what it meant for the clothing of a deposed dynasty to survive onstage. Check back on Wednesday to read a guest post by the author, and on Friday to read an excerpt. In the meantime, fill out the form below for a chance to win a copy of the book.
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