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Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance (Hardback)
  • Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance (Hardback)

Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 04/02/2010
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Addressing both theoretical and practical questions surrounding Shakespeare in contemporary Asia, this book asks why Shakespeare has been of use in these vast regions of the world that have no need to call on him. By investigating some of the ways Shakespeare has been reinvented and deployed, the study notes the differences between standard western approaches and those that can be seen in Japan, China, India, and South East Asia. The contributors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and traditions, West and East, and present distinctive, and sometimes conflicting, views on topics as diverse as speaking Shakespeare in Japanese, the importation and exportation of Shakespeare in Asia, and the uses of the English national poet in Indian film and Japanese popular culture. The debates which occur within the book highlight the diversity of production and reception for the world's most popular playwright, whose work is now global cultural capital.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521515528
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm

'This collection of essays is an invigorating conversation on its subject ... In the best sense, this is a working collection, which offers readers inviting opportunities for further reflection, not least in the far-flung work of its own participants.' Tom Bishop, Shakespeare Quarterly
'Fresh, illuminating and well-structured, Kennedy and Lan's volume is more than a mere welcome and an interesting contribution to the field of Shakespeare in Asia, and, thanks to its added political, theoretical and ideological dimensions, it will become an indispensable reference for future research.' Sederi Yearbook of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies

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