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Author Lee, Hyunjung, author.

Title Performing the nation in global Korea : transnational theatre / Hyunjung Lee.

Published Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  792.095195 LEE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 159 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
Series Palgrave pivot.
Palgrave pivot.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-153) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: Contradictory Tides between the National and the Global -- 2. Navigating the National and the Global: The Last Empress, the Musical -- 3. Mediating the National-Regional-Global Triad: Nanta and Nonverbal Performance -- 4. An Alternative Image of Nationhood within the Global: Musical Seoul Line 1 -- 5. Conceptualizing Korean Shakespeare in the Era of Globalization -- 6. Conclusion: Choreographing Nationalism in the Global Context.
Summary By illuminating the complex interconnections between the performing body and individual and collective identities, this book reveals contemporary South Korean performance as social and political practice through the workings of theatre-making within a wide range of historical, national, and transnational contexts. The selected theatre productions: "The Last Empress the Musical", "Nanta", "Seoul Line 1", Korean Shakespeare plays, and The Korean National Ballet Company's "Prince Hodong" -- illustrate how various performances of the Korean-ness conspire with, contradict, and negotiate Korean cultural nationalism as well as disparate entities of Western cultural hegemony. Hyunjung Lee extrapolates how the debates on the cultural status of South Korea, along with the incessant task of representing the nation, have been already and always embedded within the questions of what the country's national identity should be and, thus, what it should look like.
Subject Theater -- Korea (South) -- History -- 21st century.
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