Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange

Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange

by Alexa Huang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231148488

ISBN-13: 9780231148481

Pub. Date: 06/26/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

For close to two hundred years, the ideas of Shakespeare have inspired incredible work in the literature, fiction, theater, and cinema of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. From the novels of Lao She and Lin Shu to Lu Xun's search for a Chinese "Shakespeare," and from Feng Xiaogang's martial arts films to labor camp memoirs, Soviet-Chinese theater, Chinese opera in

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For close to two hundred years, the ideas of Shakespeare have inspired incredible work in the literature, fiction, theater, and cinema of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. From the novels of Lao She and Lin Shu to Lu Xun's search for a Chinese "Shakespeare," and from Feng Xiaogang's martial arts films to labor camp memoirs, Soviet-Chinese theater, Chinese opera in Europe, and silent film, Shakespeare has been put to work in unexpected places, yielding a rich trove of transnational imagery and paradoxical citations in popular and political culture.

Chinese Shakespeares is the first book to concentrate on both Shakespearean performance and Shakespeare's appearance in Sinophone culture and their ambiguous relationship to the postcolonial question. Substantiated by case studies of major cultural events and texts from the first Opium War in 1839 to our times, Chinese Shakespeares theorizes competing visions of "China" and "Shakespeare" in the global cultural marketplace and challenges the logic of fidelity-based criticism and the myth of cultural exclusivity. In her critique of the locality and ideological investments of authenticity in nationalism, modernity, Marxism, and personal identities, Huang reveals the truly transformative power of Chinese Shakespeares.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231148481
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/26/2009
Series:
Global Chinese Culture Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsA Note on Texts and TranslationProloguePart I. Theorizing Global Localities 1. Owning Chinese ShakespearesPart II. The Fiction of Moral Space 2. Shakespeare in Absentia: The Genealogy of an Obsession3. Rescripting Moral Criticism: Charles and Mary Lamb, Lin Shu, and Lao ShePart III. Locality at Work 4. Silent Film and Early Theater: Performing Womanhood and Cosmopolitanism5. Site-Specific Readings: Confucian Temple, Labor Camp, and Soviet-Chinese TheaterPart IV. Postmodern Shakespearean Orients 6. Why Does Everyone Need Chinese Opera? 7. Disowning Shakespeare and ChinaEpilogueSelect ChronologyNotesSelect BibliographyIndex

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