“Our Shakespeare”: The Foreignness of Intercultural Theater in China and Japan

  • Elissa Johnston


The adaptation and performance of Shakespeare in foreign contexts is fraught with cultural dissimilarity, historical complexity, and impossibilities of translation. This paper examines various aspects of the cross-cultural tension inherent to adaptations of Shakespeare into the indigenous theatrical forms of Beijing opera and Japanese Noh. It calls for a greater awareness of the complexities of adaptation across barriers of artistic form, language, and culture.

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