This volume gives Asia’s Shakespeares the critical, theoretical, and political space they demand, offering rich, alternative ways of thinking about Asia, Shakespeare, and Asian Shakespeare based on Asian experiences and histories. Challenging and supplementing the dominant critical and theoretical structures that determine Shakespeare studies today, close analysis of Shakespeare’s Asian journeys, critical encounters, cultural geographies, and the political complexions of these negotiations reveal perspectives different to the European. Exploring what Shakespeare has done to Asia along with what Asia has done with Shakespeare, this book demonstrates how Shakespeare helps articulate Asianess, unfolding Asia’s past, reflecting Asia’s present, and projecting Asia’s future. This is achieved by forgoing the myth of the Bard’s universality, bypassing the authenticity test, avoiding merely descriptive or even ethnographic accounts, and using caution when applying Western theoretical frameworks. Many of the productions studied in this volume are brought to critical attention for the first time, offering new methodologies and approaches across disciplines including history, philosophy, sociology, geopolitics, religion, postcolonial studies, psychology, translation theory, film studies, and others. The volume explores a range of examples, from exquisite productions infused with ancient aesthetic traditions to popular teen manga and television drama, from state-dictated appropriations to radical political commentaries in areas including Japan, India, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, China, and the Philippines. This book goes beyond a showcasing of Asian adaptations in various languages, styles, and theatre traditions, and beyond introductory essays intended to help an unknowing audience appreciate Asian performances, developing a more inflected interpretative dialogue with other areas of Shakespeare studies.
List of Figures
Preface: On Memorials
Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: An Introduction
Bi-qi Beatrice Lei
Part I: Re-Defining the Field of Asian Shakespeare
Chapter One: The Augmentation of the Indies
Judy Celine Ick
Chapter Two: Shakespeare’s Long Journey to Japan
Chapter Three: Unraveling Hamlet’s Spiritual and Sexual Journeys
Chapter Four: Shakespeare’s Asian Journey or "White Mask, Black Handkerchief"
Part II: Shakespeare and Asian Politics
Chapter Five: "I may be straight, though they themselves be bevel"
Bi-qi Beatrice Lei
Chapter Six: The Great General and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Chapter Seven: Political Shakespeare in Korea
Chapter Eight: Hijacking Shakespeare
Part III: Shakespeare and Asian Identity
Chapter Nine: Shakespeare as Cultural Capital
Ricardo G. Abad
Chapter Ten: Makyung Titis Sakti
Nurul Farhana Low bt Abdullah and A.S. Hardy Shafii
Chapter Eleven: A Journeying Shakespeare, or Adjourning Shakespeare
Brooke A. Carlson
Part IV: Asian Shakespeare and Pop Culture
Chapter Twelve: Pleasurable Errors and Erroneous Pleasures
Chapter Thirteen: "The Very Basics for All of Us"
List of Contributors
Index of Shakespeare’s Plays