1st Edition

Innovations of Modern Korean Theatre in the 20th Century

By Meewon Lee Copyright 2025
    272 Pages 98 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Lee provides a comprehensive insight into important topics within modern Korean theatre and conducts an in-depth evaluation of the major discourses that shaped Korean theatre during the 20th century.

     The book adopts a topical approach to explore modern Korean theatre through a more focused lens. Examining key subjects such as Korean adaptations of Shakespeare, the National Theatre, Feminist Theatre, and the intercultural potential of a Far Eastern Theatrical Bloc, it provides a rigorous understanding of the evolution of Korean theatre during the 20thcentury and explores the chronological history of theatre and the moments of rupture and innovation within.

     A vital resource of interest to scholars and students interested in East Asian culture and theatre, specifically Korean culture. 


    1. Representative Korean Playwrights

    2. The Contribution of Translated Western Drama to the Modernization of Korean Theatre

    3. The National Theatre of Korea in the 20th Century: Its History and Contributions

    4. The Korean War and its Ruminations on Korean Theatre

    5. Female and Feminist Theatre

    6. The Reception of Shakespeare as Represented by the Productions of Hamlet in Korea since the Modernization

    7. The Possible Creation of a Far Eastern Intercultural Theatrical Bloc: Joint Productions by China, Korea, and Japan


    Meewon Lee is a Professor Emerita of the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. Her publications include Korean Traditions and Performances in the Postmodern Era. She is focused on aesthetics of Korean theatre, related to its traditions and world theatre.