The Music Teacher: The Professionalization of Singing and the Development of Erotic Vocal Style During Late Ming China

  title={The Music Teacher: The Professionalization of Singing and the Development of Erotic Vocal Style During Late Ming China},
  author={Peng Xu},
  journal={Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies},
  pages={259 - 297}
  • Peng Xu
  • Published 26 August 2016
  • Education
  • Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
Abstract:I focus on the professional singing teacher as a new social identity during the late Ming, particularly their social transformation from anonymous grifters to meaningful names in the elite singing culture of kunqu. A close, intertextual reading of different versions of Wei Liangfu’s (fl. 16th century) singing thesis, Nanci yinzheng—combined with historical, fictional, dramatic, and poetic accounts of musical performance given by professional singing masters and their courtesan students… 

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