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Dr. Alex Huang to speak about touring Shakespeare to England

Date: Friday, Oct. 12, 10:30-11:20
Location: DSB C118

Visiting Speaker Dr. Alexendar Huang (GWU and Global Shakespeares) will give an illustrated presentation about touring Shakespeare in modern England.

Can Shakespeare's plays give a "local habitation" to the "airy nothing" of globalization? Visiting Speaker Dr. Alexander Huang will give an illustrated presentation tracing the trajectories of intercultural and touring Shakespeares in England from 1955 to 2012. Border-crossing theatre works by both British and foreign companies reinforce the idea of Shakespeare as a world heritage site and, at the same time, complicate the notion of globalization as necessarily just Anglophone Westernization. The twenty-first century has ushered in what might be called a "post-national" age of Shakespeare an age populated by performances that are defined by their theatrical, cultural locations rather than geo-political boundaries.

Alexander Huang is a General Editor of the Shakespearean International Yearbook ; Director of Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program and Associate Professor of English at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Performance Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions; and Research Affiliate in Literature at MIT where he is co-founder and co-editor of Global Shakespeares . The recipient of the MLA Aldo and Jeane Scaglione Prize, Huang chairs the MLA committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare and serves as the performance editor of Internet Shakespeare Editions. His book-length studies include Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange (Columbia University Press), Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace (co-edited, Purdue University Press), Class, Boundary, and Social Discourse in the Renaissance (co-edited), and special issues of Shakespeare (Journal of the British Shakespeare Association), Asian Theatre Journal , and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation . His new book Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Interkulturelle Perspektiven des Humanismus has just been published (Transcript Verlag).

All welcome! Contact Janelle Jenstad ( jenstad@uvic.ca ) for more information.

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