Peking Opera, symbolic expressions, confucianism, costumes and lyrics, visual and literal communication, modeling theory, social drama theory
This thesis represents an analysis of symbolic expressions used to convey traditional Chinese cultural values in marital relations as expressed through costumes and lyrics in Peking Opera plays and performances. Two symbols, dragon and phoenix, were selected from the costume collection. Four symbols--bird, tiger, wild goose, and dragon--were selected from compilations of lyrics. These symbols were selected because they expressed Chinese core cultural values, an imperial ideology based on Confucian thoughts, which were practiced rigidly during Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Modeling Theory is applied to argue that dragon and phoenix as visual symbols convey ideas about characters' background, marital relationship, social status shifts, and socio-culturally desirable values. Social Drama Theory is employed to analyze the lyrics to understand how ideal images of husband and wife are constructed. The archetypes of Chinese traditional culture that have influenced Chinese thought and action for centuries are discovered and discussed.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
Nicholson School of Communication
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Li, Yiman, "Study Of Symbolic Expressions In Peking Opera'scostumes And Lyrics" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3487.