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“Contemporary Stagings of the American Other in China”: A Presentation by Claire Conceison, 9/28/06

September 28, 2007IASEvents0

Depictions of foreigners, particularly Americans, onstage in China during the past century have varied in conjunction with political, cultural, and economic shifts in Sino-American relations. As a barometer of both state ideology and popular culture, Chinese theatre provides a rich view of how images of Americans serve multiple social and artistic purposes, while also reflecting the increasing integration of foreigners into urban public life. Claire Conceison’s recent book, Significant Other: Staging the American in China, examines how Americans are depicted in contemporary Chinese theatre, including plays in which American characters are portrayed by Chinese actors, as well as more recent plays in which foreigners are cast to play themselves. Professor Conceison will briefly explain the theory of Occidentalism and discuss recent Chinese plays that have used a variety of approaches to staging the American Other, with examples on slides and video clips. Claire Conceison is Assistant Professor of Drama at Tufts University. Cosponsored by The Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

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