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Performing Grief: Bridal Laments in Rural China

Anne E. McLaren


This is the first in-depth study of Chinese bridal laments, a ritual and performative art practiced by Chinese women in premodern times that gave them a rare opportunity to voice their grievances publicly. Drawing on methodologies from numerous disciplines, including performance arts and folk literatures, the book suggests that the ability to move an audience through her lament was one of the most important symbolic and ritual skills a Chinese woman could possess before the modern era. This book provides a detailed case study of the Nanhui region in the lower Yangzi delta. Bridal laments, the ... More

Keywords: Chinese bridal laments, Chinese ritual, Chinese performative art, Chinese women, Nanhui region, lower Yangzi delta, China, Chinese ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832322
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne E. McLaren, author
University of Melbourne