Gender, Society, and Politics in Chinese Theater

For my research paper, I would like to explore the relationship between theater and the areas of gender, society, and politics, in the era . I intend to focus on traditional theater, meaning stage-adaptations of plays. There are many dynamics between gender and politics as they are portrayed on stage, one example being female impersonation in theater since women were not allowed on stage and their rising popularity and how later in the republican era it became a subject of social and political debate. Other topics include plays that satirize the concept of traditional marriage and advocate for women’s independence, such as “A Wasp” by Ding Xilin, which I will be using as my primary source to explore theater.