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《Theatre Arts》 2017-06
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From "Elegance" to "Vulgarity" : The Transformation in Shen Jing's Playwriting and Its Significance

Zhu Wanshu;Zhu Wen;School of Liberal Arts at Renmin University of China;School of Humanities at Tsinghua University;  
The extant works of Shen Jing are characterized with mundane plots, easy wording and the portraying of ordinary townsfolks, and therefore appear "vulgar ". Shen Jing regretted the elegant and refined style of his first play, The Tale of the Red Lotus, and turned to " vulgarity " ever after. Shen's case was not exceptional among the playwrights of the mid-Ming dynasty. Many playwrights and theorists then were severely criticizing the elegant and refined style. The playwrights of the " Suzhou school" after Shen made a more gigantic breakthrough and completed the transformation from "elegance"to "vulgarity". Therefore, the turn in Shen Jing's playwriting is a reflection of the burgeoning trend of "vulgarity" in the mid and late Ming dynasty.
【CateGory Index】: J804
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