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Tokyo Listening: Sound and Sense in a Contemporary City by Lorraine Plourde (review)

Tokyo Listening: Sound and Sense in a Contemporary City by Lorraine Plourde (review) 598 BOOK REVIEWS conventions (pp. 70–74). In illustrating how the play was “naturalized” for a Chinese dramatic context, Qi blends translation of the script with descriptions of the on-stage action, rendering a vivid account of the production; this is no small feat when attempting to describe a performance in text. More analysis along these lines would have been appreciated, though perhaps to have done so would have come at the cost of such a “comprehensive” account of adaptation. In all, Adapting Western Classics for the Chinese Stage is a comprehensive overview of an important facet of modern Chinese theatre. Qi provides many insights into the complicated process of transcultural and translingual adaptation, and the book will be of use to a range of scholars owing to its transnational, interdisciplinary approach. In examining a variety of adaptations closely, Adapting Western Classics proves illuminating in how Chinese theatre artists have, over the course of a century, worked to bring foreign classics to domestic audiences, often in novel and daring ways. MAGGIE GREENE Montana State University Japan TOKYO LISTENING: SOUND AND SENSE IN A CONTEMPORARY CITY. By Lorraine Plourde. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2019. 220 pp. Paperback, $25. In 1973, Canadian http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Tokyo Listening: Sound and Sense in a Contemporary City by Lorraine Plourde (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 37 (2) – Oct 13, 2020

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Abstract

598 BOOK REVIEWS conventions (pp. 70–74). In illustrating how the play was “naturalized” for a Chinese dramatic context, Qi blends translation of the script with descriptions of the on-stage action, rendering a vivid account of the production; this is no small feat when attempting to describe a performance in text. More analysis along these lines would have been appreciated, though perhaps to have done so would have come at the cost of such a “comprehensive” account of adaptation. In all, Adapting Western Classics for the Chinese Stage is a comprehensive overview of an important facet of modern Chinese theatre. Qi provides many insights into the complicated process of transcultural and translingual adaptation, and the book will be of use to a range of scholars owing to its transnational, interdisciplinary approach. In examining a variety of adaptations closely, Adapting Western Classics proves illuminating in how Chinese theatre artists have, over the course of a century, worked to bring foreign classics to domestic audiences, often in novel and daring ways. MAGGIE GREENE Montana State University Japan TOKYO LISTENING: SOUND AND SENSE IN A CONTEMPORARY CITY. By Lorraine Plourde. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2019. 220 pp. Paperback, $25. In 1973, Canadian

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 13, 2020

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