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Book Launch: Shakespeare and East Asia

Book Launch: Shakespeare and East Asia

Fri, February 19, 2021 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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Join us for a book launch on how Shakespeare is connected to theater, film, and literature in East Asia.

Oxford University Press is sponsoring a book giveaway.

About the Book

How did Kurosawa influence George Lucas’ Star Wars? Why do critics repeatedly use the adjective Shakespearean to describe Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (2019)? How do East Asian cinema and theatre portray vocal disability and transgender figures?

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Book Launch SeriesNational Resource CenterInstitute for Korean Studies and Sigur Center for Asian Studies are proud to present a lecture by Dr. Alexa Alice Joubin on her latest book, Shakespeare and East Asia (Oxford University Press). The talk will be followed by a live Q&A with the audience moderated by NRC Program Associate, Richard J. Haddock.

Shakespeare and East Asia identifies four themes that distinguish post-1950s East Asian cinemas and theatres from works in other parts of the world: Japanese formalistic innovations in sound and spectacle; reparative adaptations from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong; the politics of gender and reception of films and touring productions in South Korea and the UK; and multilingual, diaspora works in Singapore and the UK. These adaptations are reshaping debates about the relationship between East Asia and Europe, and this book reveals deep connections among Asian and Anglophone performances. The book is part of Oxford Shakespeare Topics, a series of 50 volumes on the playwright.


About the Author

Alexa Alice Joubin is Professor of English, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theatre, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Cultures at George Washington University, where she is the founding co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute.  At the Elliott School, she is affiliated with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Institute for Korean Studies.

In her outreach work, Alexa has testified before congress in a congressional briefing on the humanities and globalization, and been interviewed by BBC, The Economist, the Washington Post and other outlets.

At MIT, she is a co-founder and a co-director of the open access Global Shakespeare’s digital performance archive, which promotes cross-cultural understanding.


About the Moderator

Richard J. Haddock is the Program Associate for the East Asia National Resource Center (NRC), which is supported by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education. He is also a member of the UC Berkeley U.S.-Taiwan Next Generation Working Group, where he is conducting a research project on the current state and future prospects of Taiwan Studies in the United States. Mr. Haddock is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, focusing on digital democracy and e-governance development in the Asia-Pacific. He holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the Elliott School.



The event will be free, online, and open to the public. Registration will close at 5 pm EST on Thursday, February 18. Links to join the webinar via Zoom will be sent out shortly after registration is closed. A recording of the event will be available afterwards and shared with all whom RSVP.

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