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Romeo + Juliet = Dysfunction

The title of this post is taken from a sign on the Odwalla freezer at the Daily Grind.  I couldn’t agree more Time flies by quickly.  My colloquium was Monday and I just finished putting together my first cohesive draft 10 minutes ago.  It is encouraging to think that even though I felt a little […]

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Defending Chinese Opera: The road from foe to fan

So lets address the elephant in the room: Chinese opera.  It’s essential to my survey of Chinese drama (and really, any broad examination of the Sinophone culture) but a lot of people outside of China really dislike Chinese Opera. Why?  The reasons I’ve heard for this rejection of Chinese Opera are endless – the music […]

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The Force of History: Nostalgia in Chinese Culture

Winter Break is over, Spring semester has officially begun, and all of the wonderful research opportunities that are involved with writing a thesis are falling into. While I was enjoying staying cozy and warm this Winter (whether it be inside under a blanket, or at a comparatively warm island in Florida), I spent a lot […]

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Production Theory RE: Reconsidering the assumption that there is one “true” text of Romeo and Juliet. “Indeed, it is for this openness, and for its capacity to re- and outlive and stage infinite variations upon its protagonists’ story, that Derrida has described Romeo and Juliet as an ‘anthology’ or ‘palimpest’ or ‘open theater of narratives’, […]

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For Ne’er Was There a Story of More Woe… than that of Liang Shanbo?

Of course Chinese directors do not approach the text with Romeo and Juliet with a blank slate.  They, and their audiences, have prior conceptions of what romantic literature and theatre should entail.  Many of those assumptions will have been constructed by Chinese folk stories, popular songs, high literature, movies, TV, you name it.  I have […]

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A Rose by Any Other Name: Adaptation Theory

As mentioned in my previous post, I am trying to structure my own research around a skeleton of Western theory.  I want my thesis to be accessible and usable to my (dare I call them??) colleagues in the fields of Comparative Literature and English.  One of the great aspects of working off a platform of […]

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What’s a Montague?

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy: Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot, Nor arm nor face, nor any other part Belonging to a man.  (II.2. 38-42) My thesis work was thrown off briefly because I had the rare opportunity to present a paper at the […]

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Thesis Week 1: The West Side Story Effect

My erratic posting has resumed!  My goal for this semester is to post an entry summarizing my progress after each of my advising meetings with Professor Paula Blank. Professor Blank has recommended that I begin my research by grounding my work within the text itself.  I suddenly realized that it’s been too long since I […]

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A Dream of Red Mansions

I’ve set up my travel blog, named A Dream of Red Mansions, that I will use during my 7 week trip to Beijing. http://meammi.blogspot.com/ This blog will contain more personal reflections of travel, accounts of culture shock, and stories of daily life than I hope to include in my academic discourse here.  I am also […]

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I have retuned to this blog after an entire year of absence!!  In this (second) introductory post I just wanted to re-accustom myself to posting and unveil the topic of my upcoming project to the anonymous masses on the internet.   Even if my contributions to this blog stopped, my research really never did.  In fact I’m hoping to […]

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