Lecture Video: A study of the possible influence of Beijing drum song and Yangzhou xianci on Korean p’ansori


This lecture will look at possible ways in which the Chinese narrative tradition affected the development of p’ansori. This will involve investigating trade between Korea and China in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, as well as examining Chinese stories, actors and singers appearing in p’ansori texts and literature. The similar characters and differences of style between p’ansori and certain Chinese narrative songs, such as the drum song or “drum singing” (dagu 大鼓) performed in the north and northeast of China in areas such as Heibei, Beijing, and Tianjing and the popular storytelling tradition in Yangzhou (Yangzhou xianci 弦詞) on the East Coast of China, will also be considered.

Yeonok Jang holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She has taught courses on Korean music, Korean culture, world music culture, and Korean music performance at a variety of universities in Korea and the United Kingdom. She currently teaches at Yonsei University. She is the author of Korean P’ansori Singing Tradition: Development, Authenticity, and Performance History (2014, Scarecrow Press).

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