Anne Rebull Lecturer

Anne Rebull's research and teaching interests focus on indigenous Chinese theater (xiqu 戏曲) in the late imperial and modern era, including representations of theater on film, the evolution of performance theory, including theater criticism, and the study of Chinese drama as a literary form more broadly. She is interested in the politics of theater aesthetics particularly during the turbulent years of the mid-twentieth century, from the late Republic to the early years of the People's Republic, when theater was a centerpiece of government propaganda efforts. She has translated xiqu films and plays, and published a translation of a portion of Mei Lanfang's biography in Opera Quarterly. Forthcoming work focuses on the reconstruction and adaptation of acting traditions in the 1950s, especially under the influence of film.

Beyond the theater, she maintains an interest in art film, physical performance traditions including the martial arts, the study of material culture, and research into the intersection between high and low cultures. As part of the latter, she has helped to organize the Vernacular Practices Across East Asia graduate student conference held at the University of Chicago in October 2016. She has taught in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and for the Humanities Common Core at the University of Chicago, and a course on Sinophone film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A PhD candidate in EALC at the University of Chicago, she expects to graduate in 2017.