115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Drama and Society II

Session Chair: 
Judith Saunders, Independent Scholar
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 102
Topic Area: 


  1. Wei Feng, Shandong University (China)
    This paper discusses the Royal Shakespeare Company’s play Snow in Midsummer (2017), adapted from Guan Hanqing’s The Injustice to Dou E by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, an American playwright with Chinese origin. The story implies a critique of Chinese politics. However, her observation and criticism of Chinese politics are informed by cliché, stereotypes, and simplification. Instead of contributing to a better understanding of China, this adaptation aborts RSC’s original plan with reinforced prejudices. 
  2. Amanda Hill, University of Central Florida
    In this paper the authors borrow from rhetoric and social justice theories as well as historiography to explore the use and import of Hamilton’s hip hop poetics as a means of transcultural storytelling in an effort to expose the ways diverse rhetoric opens new channels of visualization knowledge and meaning making in dominant cultural narratives within changing political and cultural norms.
  3. Love’s Labour’s Lost, a comedy in the middle of Shakespeare’s body of work, features two classes of women: the affluent and the peasant. The complex social restrictions based on gender and socioeconomic transition of the Early Modern Period influenced the construction the female characters and their comedy within the play.
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