Eugene O'Neill In China

Eugene O'Neill In China

by Haiping Liu
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313273790

ISBN-13: 9780313273797

Pub. Date: 03/30/1992

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The year 1988 was notable for being the centennial of playwright Eugene O'Neill's birth and a time of unprecedented democratization in the People's Republic of China and rapprochement with the West. In this optimal climate, a remarkable festival and conference devoted to O'Neill was held in Nanjing, China, orchestrated mainly by Haiping Liu, who secured the funds

Overview

The year 1988 was notable for being the centennial of playwright Eugene O'Neill's birth and a time of unprecedented democratization in the People's Republic of China and rapprochement with the West. In this optimal climate, a remarkable festival and conference devoted to O'Neill was held in Nanjing, China, orchestrated mainly by Haiping Liu, who secured the funds and cooperation necessary to lure noted O'Neill scholars and theatre artists from around the world. Liu selected and edited papers for publication after the conference, but he realized that this would be a difficult task conducted from China. At his invitation Lowell Swortzell, a conference participant, became co-editor, and in the dark days following the political upheaval in China in 1989, Swortzell assumed much of the burden of editing, organizing, clearing rights, and generally readying the final volume.

The essays included capture the intellectual and artistic stimulation of the conference. Organized in divisions similar to the order in which the papers were delivered, they explore the major areas of O'Neill scholarship by some of the most renowned scholars from the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, and China. They emphasize O'Neill's international reputation and productions, particularly in Asia. Included is an open forum discussion of the festival productions, as well as photographs. The circumstances of the festival and conference are a story unto themselves, and in their individual introductions, the co-editors relate some of the background and convey some of the flavor of the events—providing insights into the continued appeal of O'Neill in China and the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313273797
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/1992
Series:
Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies Series, #44
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Letters of Greetings by Cao Yu, President, The Chinese Dramatists' Association, Beijing, and Frederick C. Wilkins, President, The Eugene O'Neill Society, Boston

Keynote Address: Eugene O'Neill: Universal Brotherhood Theatre for Today's World by Virginia Floyd

Introductions—From the People's Republic of China, Haiping Liu

From the United States, Lowell Swortzell

O'Neill's Philosophic and Religious Motifs

Eugene O'Neill's TAO TE CHING: The Spiritual Evolution of a Mystic by Virginia Floyd

Eugene O'Neill and Puritanism by Marcus Konick

ICEMAN and JOURNEY, YIN and YANG: Taoist Rhythm and O'Neill's Late Tragedies by James A. Robinson

Eugene O'Neill's MARCI MILLIONS: Desiring Marginality and the Dematerialization of the Orient by James S. Moy

O'Neill's Understanding of Chinese Thought in MARCO MILLIONS by Gang Li

The Uses of Pessimism: Some Random Thoughts About Eugene O'Neill by Zhiji Ren

O'Neill in Comparison

Structures of Forgiveness: The Endings of A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN and Ibsen's PEER GYNT by Rolf Fjelde

Politics and a Proletarian Tragedy: A Comparative Analysis of the Reception of Eugene O'Neill's THE HAIRY APE in Germany and the U.S. by Ward B. Lewis

Eternal Recurrence and the Shaping of O'Neill's Dramatic Structure by Albert E. Kalson and Lisa M. Schwerdt

Leo Tolstoy's THE POWER OF DARKNESS and Eugene O'Neill's DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS: A Road to Redemption by Maya Koreneva

O'Neill as Playwright

Eugene O'Neill—World Playwright: The Beginnings by Paul Voelker

Three O'Neill Women: An Emergent Pattern by Jean Anne Waterstradt

Author, Actor, Audience: The Metatheatrical Elements in the Late Plays of Eugene O'Neill by Mariko Hori

Eugene O'Neill's DYNAMO and the Expressionist Cannon by William R. Elwood

The Black World of Eugene O'Neill by Thomas D. Pawley

Building Characters: Eugene O'Neill's Composition Process by Judith E. Barlow

Register and Idiolect in THE ICEMAN COMETH and LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT by Jean Chothia

Mirrors of Consciousness: Narrative Patterns in O'Neill's THE ICEMAN COMETH by Marc Maufort

O'Neill on Stage

Eugene O'Neill and the Provincetown Players: Watershed in American Theatre by Robert K. Sarlos

Dramatic Tension Between Expressionistic Design and Naturalistic Acting in THE EMPEROR JONES by Felicia Hardison Londre

THE EMPEROR JONES as a Source of Theatrical Experimentation: 1920s-1980s by Lowell Swortzell

THE ICEMAN COMETH Twice: A Comparison of the 1946 and 1956 New York Productions by Daniel J. Watermeier

Directing the Plays of Eugene O'Neill—Style, Substance and Synthesis by Betty Jean Jones

All God's Chillun Play Games by Marcelline Krafchick

O'Neill Abroad

Ingmar Bergman and LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT by Egil Tornqvist

How Does O'Neill Fare in China? by Wenpei Long

Two Popular O'Neill Plays Staged in Japan: AH, WILDERNESS! and DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS by Yasuko Ikeuchi

Directing MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA in Japan by Yoshiteru Kurokawa

O'Neill in a Chinese Classroom: "Before Breakfast"—A Good Starting Point by Jianqiu Sun

Panel Discussion on the Nanjing O'Neill Theatre Festival

O'Neill: An International Perspective—A Bibliographic Note

Index

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