Since 1880,Peking opera (jingju) anthologies have developed rapidly and collected a large number of plays. Therefore,the text-centered study of jingju based on anthologies has been established,which could fulfil the gap in existing jingju studies that focus on performance. Specifically,by outlining the basic forms and evolutionary rules of the selected texts,we can survey the full picture of text-centered anthologies in development. By foregrounding text-centeredness and literariness of playscripts,we can open up a new field of textual studies beyond the studies of performance. The major aspects of theoretical studies of jingju anthologies include theories of anthology,theories of jingju,and theories of canonization.


Peking Opera anthologies, text-centeredness, literature, theory