Emergence of Historical Study of Chinese Classical Drama in the Beginning of 20th Century
LI Jian (Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China)
The historical study of Chinese classical drama came into being at the beginning of the 20 th century when the emergence of new historical viewpoints brought new thought and methods into the study. Wang Kuo wei's Sung Yuan Hsi Chu Kao made a systematic study of the history of Chinese drama with a focus on the drama of Sung and Yuan drnasties under the same theoretical framework. It not only indicates the formation of the historical study of Chinese classical drama, but also initiates a new era of the study.