To Make People Happy, Drama Imitates Joy: The Chinese Theatrical Concept of Mo
Posted on 25. May, 2009 by James Miller
|Title||To Make People Happy, Drama Imitates Joy: The Chinese Theatrical Concept of Mo|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1997|
|Journal||Asian Theatre Journal|
Jingsong Chen introduces the Chinese theatrical concept of mo, roughly equivalent to "mimesis" or "imitation." Mo plays a significant part in traditional Chinese theatre, usually held to be antithetical to the realism of Western theatre because of its emphasis on theatricality. This article examines the history of the word's usage and defines its place in Chinese drama in terms of its similarities with and differences from Western realism. Professor Chen's discussion should prove valuable for those who believe that the formalism of traditional Asian theatre too frequently overshadows its underlying reality. Jingsong Chen received his Ph. D. in comparative literature in 1992 from the University of California at Riverside, where he currently serves in the Department of Literatures and Languages.