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Tan, Tian Yuan, Edmondson, Paul and Wang, Shih-pe, eds. (2016) 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu's China. London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare.

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The year is 1616. William Shakespeare has just died and the world of the London theatres is mourning his loss. 1616 also saw the death of the famous Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu. Four hundred years on and Shakespeare is now an important meeting place for Anglo-Chinese cultural dialogue in the field of drama studies. In June 2014 (the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth), SOAS, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the National Chung Cheng University of Taiwan gathered 20 scholars together to reflect on the theatrical practice of four hundred years ago and to ask: what does such an exploration mean culturally for us today? This ground-breaking study offers fresh insights into the respective theatrical worlds of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu and asks how the brave new theatres of 1616 may have a vital role to play in the intercultural dialogue of our own time.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Additional Information: Reviews: Sun Mei,COMPARATIVE LITERATURE IN CHINA, VOL.105. No.4 (2016) (评介《1616:莎士比亚和汤显祖的中国》); Kwa, Shiamin, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol.80, Issue 1 (2017): 175-176 (DOI:; Stephen Owen, Renaissance Quarterly Renaissance Quarterly 70, no. 2 (Summer 2017): 815-817 (
Keywords: Tang Xianzu; Shakespeare; China; Theatre; Drama; Ming dynasty
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
ISBN: 9781472583420
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 16:11
Related URLs: http://www.bloo ... -9781472583413/ (Publisher URL)

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