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Modernization of Asian Theatres: Process and Tradition

Yasushi Nagata (Editor)

This volume focuses on the theatre history of Asian countries and discusses the specific context of theatre modernization in Asia. While Asian theatre is one of the primary interests within theatre scholarship in the world today, knowledge of Asian theatre history is very limited and often surprisingly incorrect. Therefore, this volume addresses a major gap in contemporary theatre studies.  The volume discusses the conflict between tradition and modernity in theatre, suggesting that the problems of modernity are closely related to the idea of tradition. Although Asian countries preserved the traditional form and values of their respective theatres, they also had to confront the newly introduced values or mechanisms of European modernity. Several papers in this volume, therefore provide critical surveys of the history of theatre modernization in Asian countries or regions – Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore. Other papers focus on specific case studies of the history of modernization, discussing contemporary Taiwanese performances, translations of modern French comedy into Chinese, the modernization of Chinese Xiqu, modern Okinawan plays, Malaysian traditional performances, Korean national theatre, and Japanese plays during World War II. Renowned academics and theatre critics have contributed to this volume, making it a valuable resource for researchers and students of theatre studies, literature, and cultural studies.  

Contents 1 Introduction: Modernization of Asian Theatres / Yasushi NAGATA and Ravi CHATURVEDI  Part I Process of Asian Theatre Modernization  2 Relevant Figures at the Early Stage of the Modernization of Japanese Theatre / Mitsuya MORI  3 The Modernization of Korean Theatre Through the Reception of Western Realism / Meewon LEE  4 Movement of the Western Modern Drama in Taiwan and Its Modernity / Kun-Liang CHIU  5 Staging Reality: Premodern Drama in China at the Turn of the Twentieth Century / Gilbert FONG and Shelby K. Y. CHAN  6 The Modernization of Malay Theatre: From the Makeshift Stages of the Bangsal to the Proscenium Stage / Solehah ISHAK  7 Metamorphosis: “Modernity” on Stage – The Formation of the Chinese Spoken Drama in Singapore (1913–1937) / YU Weijie  8 Modernization Re(ad)dressed in Indian Theatre / Ravi CHATURVEDI  

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Title Modernization of Asian Theatres: Process and Tradition
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.08.2019
Edition 1st ed
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131610275
length 276p.