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The Use of Asian Theatre for Modern Western Theatre

The Displaced Mirror

  • Min Tian

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

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Introduction

This book is a historical study of the use of Asian theatre for modern Western theatre as practiced by its founding fathers, including Aurélien Lugné-Poe, Adolphe Appia, Gordon Craig, W. B. Yeats, Jacques Copeau, Charles Dullin, Antonin Artaud, V. E. Meyerhold, Sergei Eisenstein, and Bertolt Brecht. It investigates the theories and practices of these leading figures in their transnational and cross-cultural relationship with Asian theatrical traditions and their interpretations and appropriations of the Asian traditions in their reactional struggles against the dominance of commercialism and naturalism. From the historical and aesthetic perspectives of traditional Asian theatres, it approaches this intercultural phenomenon as a (Euro)centred process of displacement of the aesthetically and culturally differentiated Asian theatrical traditions and of their historical differences and identities. Looking into the displaced and distorted mirror of Asian theatre, the founding fathers of modern Western theatre saw, in their imagination of the 'ghostly' Other, nothing but a (self-)reflection or, more precisely, a (self-)projection and emplacement, of their competing ideas and theories preconceived for the construction, and the future development, of modern Western theatre.

Keywords

Intercultural theatre Globalization Hybridization Asian theatre Western theatre Appropriation Yeats Artaud Eisenstein Brecht Other Occident

Authors and affiliations

  • Min Tian
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IowaIowa City, IAUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97178-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97177-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97178-0
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