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New Sites for Shakespeare: Theatre, the Audience, and Asia (review)

New Sites for Shakespeare: Theatre, the Audience, and Asia (review) NEW SITES FOR SHAKESPEARE: THEATRE, THE AUDIENCE, AND ASIA by John Russell Brown. New York: Routledge, 1999. 211 pp. $21.99 This book is about Shakespeare; yet the scope of its arguments goes far beyond Shakespeare studies. The work derives from certain unique Asian theatre experiences; yet Asian theatre is not its topic so much as a mirror reflecting the author's thoughts about Shakespeare. This makes John Russell Brown's in-depth insights in New Sites for Shakespeare more profound than what is usually encountered in similar books. What is to be gained by linking these two very different entities, Asian theatre and Shakespeare, and devoting a whole book to them? The question is answered by the way this creative method allows familiar issues to be viewed from a totally new angle so that fresh insights suddenly become apparent. Divided into "Part I: Visiting" and "Part II: Returning," New Sites for Shakespeare takes us on a theatrical excursion via a fascinating West to East journey followed by a trip in the opposite direction. In Part I, the author vividly reports on how he visited many local performances in such different places as India, Japan, Bali, and China during a period of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

New Sites for Shakespeare: Theatre, the Audience, and Asia (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 17 (2) – Sep 1, 2000

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NEW SITES FOR SHAKESPEARE: THEATRE, THE AUDIENCE, AND ASIA by John Russell Brown. New York: Routledge, 1999. 211 pp. $21.99 This book is about Shakespeare; yet the scope of its arguments goes far beyond Shakespeare studies. The work derives from certain unique Asian theatre experiences; yet Asian theatre is not its topic so much as a mirror reflecting the author's thoughts about Shakespeare. This makes John Russell Brown's in-depth insights in New Sites for Shakespeare more profound than what is usually encountered in similar books. What is to be gained by linking these two very different entities, Asian theatre and Shakespeare, and devoting a whole book to them? The question is answered by the way this creative method allows familiar issues to be viewed from a totally new angle so that fresh insights suddenly become apparent. Divided into "Part I: Visiting" and "Part II: Returning," New Sites for Shakespeare takes us on a theatrical excursion via a fascinating West to East journey followed by a trip in the opposite direction. In Part I, the author vividly reports on how he visited many local performances in such different places as India, Japan, Bali, and China during a period of

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 1, 2000

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