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Title: Shakespeare and the South Korean stage
Author: Cho, Seoug-kwan
ISNI:       0000 0004 4692 2123
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2014
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The primary contribution of this thesis is its survey of the history of South Korean Shakespeare performance combined with the specific critical perspective it elaborates. While there have been previous efforts to discuss the subject in the English language, these have not combined such a comprehensive synoptic historical and theoretical approach. This thesis, it is hoped, will therefore serve as an important step in allowing the Anglophone world to understand the varying socio-cultural contexts that have shaped Korea’s reception of Shakespeare. An Introduction explores a method of study (focusing on intraculturalism and ‘gap’) and offers a review of Korean Shakespeare study about performance. Part 1 provides an overview of the history of Korean Shakespeare performance, divided into three periods: the early years (1950-1970), the transitional years (1970-1990) and the contemporary period (1990-present). Part 2 discusses three Shakespeare adaptations, King Uru (The National Theatre of Korea, 2001, directed by Kim Myeong-kon), Romeo and Juliet (Mokwha, 2001, directed by Oh Tae-suk), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Yohangza, 2002, directed by Yang Jung-ung). These three productions have taken elements from Korean traditional performance arts (talchum, traditional dance, and pansori) in order to adapt Shakespeare’s plays. Part 3 discusses productions that focus on reflecting contemporary political and cultural concerns including Ki Koo-Seo’s Hamlet series (1981, 1982, 1985, and 1990, directed by Ki Kook-seo), Seoul Metropolitan Theatre’s Hamlet (2011, directed by Park Geun-hyeong) and Trans Sibiya (Twelfth Night, 2002, directed by Park Jae-wan). In conclusion, I argue that Shakespeare’s plays have provided a tool for examining and establishing selfhood.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater