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Preface-- List of abbreviations-- Introduction: performing Mao's revolution--
1. The revolution will be dramatized: Red drama troupes--
2. Acting against Japan: drama troupes in North China--
3. Playing soldiers and peasants: civil war and agrarian reform--
4. Staging rural revolution: land reform operas--
5. State agents and local actors: cultural work in the early PRC--
6. Peasants on stage: amateur actors in socialist China--
7. Tradition in conflict: professional drama troupes and the PRC state-- Conclusion-- Select bibliography.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Charting their training, travels, and performances, this innovative study explores the role of the artists that roamed the Chinese countryside in support of Mao's communist revolution. DeMare traces the development of Mao's 'cultural army' from its genesis in Red Army propaganda teams to its full development as a largely civilian force composed of amateur and professional drama troupes in the early years of the PRC. Drawing from memoirs, artistic handbooks, and rare archival sources, Mao's Cultural Army uncovers the arduous and complex process of creating revolutionary dramas that would appeal to China's all-important rural audiences. The Communists strived for a disciplined cultural army to promote party policies, but audiences often shunned modern and didactic shows, and instead clamoured for traditional works. DeMare illustrates how drama troupes, caught between the party and their audiences, did their best to resist the ever growing reach of the PRC state. (source: Nielsen Book Data)