Carefully selected and represented, the plays in this collection
showcase both the fantastic and the realistic innovations of Korean
dramatists during a time of rapid social and historical change.
Stretching from 1962 to 2004, these seven works tackle major
subjects, such as the close of the Choson dynasty and the aftermath
of the Korean War, while delving into trenchant cultural issues,
such as the marginalization of students who rebel against
mainstream education and the role of traditional values in a
Longtime scholar of Korea and its vibrant, politically acute
theater, Richard Nichols opens with a general overview of modern
Korean drama since 1910 and concludes with an appendix describing
theater production and audience attendance in Seoul. He chooses
works that aren't just for Korean audiences. These texts confront
universal themes and situations, tackling the problem of ambition,
the trouble with fidelity, and the complexity of sexual and
Nichols situates each work critically, historically, and
culturally, including brief biographies of playwrights and
extensive notes. A bibliography also provides alternative readings
and the titles of additional plays currently available in English.
Primed for production, these skillful translations provide Western
directors with exciting new material for the stage. At the same
time, they offer students and scholars a sophisticated survey of
the modern Korean dramatic tradition.
Subjects: Performing Arts, History, Language & Literature
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