Hsien-yung Kenneth Pai 白先勇




Professor Pai became a professor of Chinese literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1965, and retired in 1994. Pai is an internationally acclaimed author and founder of Modern Literature magazine. He is generally considered among the greatest living stylists of Chinese fiction and prose. His publications include the collections of short stories Lonely Seventeen, Taipei People, and The New Yorker; the collection of prose writing Suddenly the Past; and the novel Crystal Boys. A higher proportion of Pai’s work has been turned into films, TV or stage plays than almost any other contemporary Taiwanese writer. In recent years he devoted his passion and energy to promote Chinese kun opera to the world. He is the general producer and artistic director of Peony Pavilion, which has toured China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the U.S.

More info: http://www.eastasian.ucsb.edu/home/emeriti/kenneth-h-pai/

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This course will focus on the historical and cultural background, literary aesthetic, music, and performance of Kunqu, China’s classical opera.

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