Miller in China

  • Claire Conceison
Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)


This essay explores the various meanings of “Miller in China,” including translation and dissemination of his texts in China, stagings of his plays by Chinese theater companies, his own 1983 direction of Death of a Salesman in Beijing in collaboration with Ying Ruocheng, and current retellings of that watershed event in new theater projects outside of China. Together, these different forms illuminate the important influence Miller’s involvement with China continues to have in the twenty-first century.


Ying Ruocheng Beijing People’s Art Theatre National Theatre of China Death of a Salesman Sino-American relations Arthur Miller China 



Thank you to Bloomsbury for its permission to draw material from my introduction to the 2015 centennial edition of Miller’s 1984 book Salesman in Beijing, retitled Death of a Salesman in Beijing, for use in this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Conceison
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  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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