Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange by Alexa Huang

Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange

byAlexa Huang

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2009

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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 his 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.

Alexander C. Y. Huang is assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. He is the coeditor, with Charles Ross, of Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia, and Cyberspace, and his publications on Shakespeare performance and modern Chinese-language drama and literature have...
Title:Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural ExchangeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2009Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231519923

ISBN - 13:9780231519922

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
A Note on Texts and Translation
Part I Theorizing Global Localities
1. Owning Chinese Shakespeares
Part II The Fiction of Moral Space
2. Shakespeare in Absentia: The Genealogy of an Obsession
3. Rescripting Moral Criticism: Charles and Mary Lamb, Lin Shu, and Lao She
Part III Locality at Work
4. Silent Film and Early Theater: Performing Womanhood and Cosmopolitanism
5. Site-Specific Readings: Confucian Temple, Labor Camp, and Soviet-Chinese Theater
Part IV Postmodern Shakespearean Orients
6. Why Does Everyone Need Chinese Opera?
7. Disowning Shakespeare and China
Select Chronology
Select Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

Alexander Huang has done a masterly job.... The book gives us an excellent picture of the various takes on Shakespeare, as well as inroads to understanding the complicated national, global, and personal meanings that are part of the Shakespeare phenomenon.