"The Yard and Korean Shakespeare"
by Professor Hyon-U Lee, English Literature, Soon Chun Hyang University
Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 5:30PM-6:30PM
Place: Humanities Bld. room# 1006
Using an open space such as yards as acting is the most distinguishable characteristic of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which was rebuilt in 1996 in London. Coincidently, it is a very characteristic quality of the traditional Korean theatre, as well. The talk will compare the theatrical cultures of the West and Korea in terms of theatrical space and introduce how the yard techniques of the West were integrated with local theatrical culture to produce “Korean” productions of the Shakespeare plays.
Hyon-u Lee is professor in the Department of English at Soon Chun Hyang University in South Korea. His work focuses on Shakespeare, especially in performances. He is the author of Shakespeare: Audience, Stage, and Texts
(in Korean, 2004), the first author of Glocalizing Shakespeare in Korea and beyond (2009),
and the translator of The First Quarto of Hamlet
(2007) and Seneca’s Oedipus
(2007). He has also published many essays, written theatre criticism, directed stage productions, and performed as an actor on stage and in television. He was awarded the 2012 PAF stage director award for his directing Therese Raquin
in 2011. He is editor of the journal of the Classic and Renaissance English Literature Association of Korea and Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation, and Performance
. He is the performance director of Shakespeare Association of Korea, and a correspondent of The World Shakespeare Bibliography (online) produced by Shakespeare Quarterly
. Dr. Lee is currently a visiting scholar to the Center for Korean Studies.