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Ying Zhu
CUNY Research Foundation, College of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY 10314-6609)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2006 – 8/31/2006

Costume Drama and the Transformation of Chinese Primetime Television

This project examines the dynamic interplay between Chinese primetime television programming and a Chinese media infrastructure at the mercy of both the market and the party. It traces the institutional as well as the stylistic transitions of Chinese primetime dramatic programs from anthology dramas of the 1980s to serialized dramas of the 1990s, particularly the ascendance in the late 1990s and the early 2000s of palace dramas set in the Qing dynasty, what the Chinese term "Qing drama." The narrative strategies of the Qing drama are compared to those of US primetime hour long drama and the Latin American telenovela to explore models for Chinese serial television programming and their cultural implications.