Asian Theatre Journal 36.2 (Fall 2019): 275-280
Table of Contents
Performing Commemoration: The Cultural Politics of Locating Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare
Alexa Alice Joubin
Intercultural and Cross-cultural Encounters during the Quatercentenary of Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare
Looking for Common Ground: A Thematic Comparison between Tang Xianzu’s and Shakespeare’s Dramatic Imagination
Engaging Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare in the Quest for Self
Cultural memory is actively constructed through embodied and political performances. Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare, two “national poets” of unequal global stature, have recently become vehicles for British and Chinese cultural diplomacy and exchange during their quatercentenary in 2016. The culture of commemoration is a key factor in Tang’s and Shakespeare’s positions within world theatre. Performances of commemoration take a wide range of approaches from grass-root events to government-sponsored festivals. With a comparative scope that explores the afterlives of the two dramatists, this cluster of essays examines commemorative practices, the dynamics of artistic fame, comparability of different dramatic traditions, and transformations of performance styles in socio-historical contexts.