Exile to the Stage: Costuming and Personhood in Early Qing Drama
By Guojun Wang
Columbia University Press, forthcoming
Exile to the Stage: Costuming and Personhood in Early Qing Drama examines theatrical costuming in drama texts and performances of 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyle and dress based on ethnicity and gender. The book argues that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies, clothes, and identities dissociated by political turbulence.