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GLOBAL SHAKESPEARES: Archival Silence and the Figure of the Globe

Alexa Huang, Professor of English, Theater and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs, George Washington University

The idea of global Shakespeares has caught on because of site-specific imaginations involving early modern and modern Globe theatres that aspired to perform the globe. Seeing global Shakespeares as a methodology rather than as appendages of colonialism, as political rhetorics, or as centerpieces in a display of exotic cultures situates us in a postnational space that is defined by fluid cultural locations rather than by nation-states. This framework helps us confront archival silences in the record of globalization, understand the spectral quality of citations of Shakespeare and mobile artworks, and reframe the debate about cultural exchange. Global Shakespeares as a field registers the shifting locus of anxiety between cultural particularity and universality. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm | RSVP Required
Pigott Hall, Room 216

The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and the Graduate Forum for Translation Studies, together with the Stanford Humanities Center; the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; the Center for East Asian Studies