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|Other Titles:||Popularity and Prohibition: The Spreading and Adaptation of "Son-Murdering" Drama in Taiwan|
Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages, and Literature, NTNU
A kid being murdered for revealing the adultery between his widowed mother and a monk was a real case that happened during Qing Dynasty in Tung-shou. This case has since then become a popular subject matter for many novels, ballads and drama due to the appeals of immorality and cruelty. It used to be able to attract a large number of audiences here in Taiwan. Through reviewing historical documents, court novels in Qing Dynasty, libretto of folk songs, the written records and oral history of the play Son-Murdering since the Japanese colonial period, as well as comparing the above-mentioned with official documents and newspapers, I try to reconstruct the spreading, adaptation, and performance of this play. To summarize, my research has come to the conclusion that the adaptation of Son-Murdering has acquired immoral and sensational features, along with realistic and exciting theatrical arts. This play has been widely criticized by government officials and scholars, and yet maintained its popular support among the folks and in commercial theaters. The play is thus a combination of current-affairs drama and obscene drama. All these contribute to the peculiar and paradoxical phenomenon of popularity and prohibition.
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