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Alessia Molteni

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My research is about Taiwanese adaptations of Shakespeare's plays examined in the broader context of Global Shakespeare. I want to find out how Shakespeare is perceived on the island and how these… read more

Current Research

My research is about Taiwanese adaptations of Shakespeare's plays examined in the broader context of Global Shakespeare. I want to find out how Shakespeare is perceived on the island and how these productions incorporate Taiwanese culture with Shakespeare's plots. Taiwan is particularly interesting from an artistic point of view because its theater is multicultural and multilingual. The main questions of my research are:

  • Why do Taiwanese directors choose Shakespeare?
  • How are his plays used to express Taiwanese identity?
  • What are the characteristic of Taiwanese Shakespeare?
  • Are all performances authentically Taiwanese or can we find a more individualistic and non-politically or culturally related style?

My main sources are videos of performances, in operatic and contemporary style, original scripts reviews and interviews. A fundamental part of my research is the analysis of the scripts: I consider what language is used (Mandarin, Minnan Taiwanese, English or local dialects) and how it influenced the performance. I also examine stage setting, costumes and performing techniques.

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