Asian Embodiment of a White Canon: Shakespeare and East Asia
Speaker: Alexa Alice Joubin
Venue: Hosted via Zoom
Date & Time:
2021-11-11 | 20:30-22:00 (Shanghai)
2021-11-11 | 7:30-9:00 (New York)
2021-11-11 | 16:30-18:00 (Abu Dhabi)
How do actors reposition their racialized bodies on stage and on screen? How did Akira Kurosawa influence George Lucas’ Star Wars? Why do critics repeatedly use the adjective Shakespearean to describe Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (2019)? How do East Asian cinema and theatre portray vocal disability? How do Korean transgender cinema and East Asian feminism transform gender identities in Shakespeare? Bringing film and theatre studies together, this presentation sheds new light on the two major genres in a comparative context and reveals deep connections among Asian and Anglophone performances.
The talk is based on Alexa Alice Joubin’s new book, Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2021). The book identifies four themes that distinguish post-1950s East Asian cinemas and theatres from works in other parts of the world: Japanese formalistic innovations in sound and spectacle; reparative adaptations from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong; the politics of gender and reception of films and touring productions in South Korea and the UK; and multilingual, diaspora works in Singapore and the UK. These adaptations are reshaping debates about the relationship between East Asia and Europe, and this book reveals deep connections among Asian and Anglophone performances.
- Alexa Alice Joubin, Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2021), sample chapter
- Alexa Alice Joubin, “Five themes in Asian Shakespeare adaptations,” Oxford University Press Blog, February 16, 2021
- Alexa Alice Joubin, “Performing Commemoration: The Cultural Politics of Locating Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare,” Asian Theatre Journal 36.2 (Fall 2019): 275-280
Alexa Alice Joubin writes about race, gender, and cultural globalization. She teaches in the Departments of English, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theatre, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she co-founded and co-directs the Digital Humanities Institute. Her latest book, Shakespeare and East Asia, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. She co-authored Race with Martin Orkin, which was published in Routledge’s New Critical Idiom series in 2019.
You can follow her work at https://ajoubin.org/
Introduction by Anandi Rao, Global Perspectives on Society Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU Shanghai.
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