SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan Revisited

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Speaker: Prof Nancy Guy

Date: 18 March 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 18 March 2016Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Special Lecture


Nancy Guy's Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan (University of Illinois Press, 2005) demonstrated the impact of changes in political policy on the artistic development and state support of Peking opera, a performing art transplanted to Taiwan from mainland China along with the Nationalist regime in the mid 2oth century. For more than forty years, no force exerted a greater impact on Peking opera's development in Taiwan than relations between the ROC and PRC. By the mid 1990s, however, domestic tensions surpassed cross-strait relations as the key force in shaping institutional support for Peking opera in Taiwan. How has the Taiwan branch of this performing tradition managed in the years since the publication of Guy's book? In this talk, Nancy Guy considers how her book's basic premise, conclusions, and predictions have held up to the test of time.

Speaker's Bio

Nancy Guy is an ethnomusicologist whose broad interests include the musics of Taiwan and China, varieties of opera (including European and Chinese genres), music and politics, and the ecocritical study of music. Her first book Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan (University of Illinois Press, 2005) won the ASCAP Béla Bartók Award for Excellence in Ethnomusicology and was also named an "Outstanding Academic Title for 2006" by Choice. Guy's second book, The Magic of Beverly Sills, focuses on the artistry and appeal of the beloved American coloratura soprano, and was published by University of Illinois Press in 2015. Guy is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.

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