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Book Announcement: Shakespeare and World Literature


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0347  Friday, 24 August 2012


From:        Alexander Huang < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         August 22, 2012 3:40:33 PM EDT

Subject:     Book Announcement: Shakespeare and World Literature


A new book that may be of interest to SHAKSPER members - 


Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung

[World Literature and World Theatre: Aesthetic Humanism in Cultural Globalization]


By Alexander C. Y. Huang

Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 2012. ISBN 978-3-8376-2207-2


About the Book


The aestheticization of politics in the twentieth century has structured political life as an art form of expression. As a secular investment in shared cultural values, aesthetic humanism has been deployed by artists to counter various practices of subjugation such as colonialism and cultural imperialism that have dominated the recent historical record of globalization.This book draws on theories of aesthetic humanism to explain the force of literature in globalization. The phenomenon is notable in the translation and adaptation of Shakespearean comedies and sonnets, European reception of Asian performances of Shakespeare, French-Chinese playwright Gao Xingjian, and satirical and humorous stories. This is the case because aesthetic humanism promotes multiple perspectives on the continuously unfolding revolution of modernity. 


Sample Chapter [PDF]:


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