11/11: GW CI Cultural Lecture Series, "Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama "

We are proud to have Dr. Goujun Wang lead a lecture on Costuming in Early Qing Drama. After toppling the Ming dynasty, the Qing conquerors forced Han Chinese males to adopt Manchu hairstyle and clothing. Yet China’s new rulers permitted the use of traditional Chinese attire in performances, making theater one of the only areas of life where Han garments could still be seen and where Manchu rule could be contested. Reading dramatic texts and performances against Qing sartorial regulations, Guojun Wang offers an interdisciplinary lens on the entanglements between Chinese drama and nascent Manchu rule in seventeenth-century China. He reveals not just how political and ethnic conflicts shaped theatrical costuming but also the ways in which costuming enabled different modes of identity negotiation during the dynastic transition. In case studies of theatrical texts, performances, and practices, Wang contends that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies, clothes, and identities disrupted by political turmoil.


12:00pm Check-in, Light Lunch and Refreshments, & Networking

12:30 - 1:30pm Lecture

1:30 - 2:00pm Audience Interaction

Speaker Bio:

Guojun Wang is assistant professor of Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University. He specializes in late imperial Chinese literature and culture. His first book, titled Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama (Columbia University Press, forthcoming in spring 2020), examines theatrical costuming in seventeenth-century China, when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyle and dress based on gender and ethnicity. His second book project, tentatively titled Cleansing Grievances: Dead Bodies in Forensic Literature of Early Modern China, studies the representations of corpses in premodern Chinese crime literature. His studies have been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, among others.

RSVP Required. This event is FREE and open to the public. Light Lunch and Refreshments will be served. 

Sponsored By:

The GW Confucius Institute