Congratulations to Alexander C. Y. Huang who recently won the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies for his book, Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange.
The committee’s citation for Huang’s book reads:
Alexander C. Y. Huang’s Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange maps new territory for the most promising project in comparative literature today. Huang’s object is the movement of cultural forms across geographical space, but he regards such movement not as mere diffusion or even as exchange. Instead he examines the way movement across geographical and geopolitical fault lines reaches into cultural forms and changes their meanings from the inside, often revealing possibilities that had lain dormant, unnoticed, or submerged in the texts’ cultures of origin. Remarkable not only for its sophistication but also for its scholarly depth, Chinese Shakespeares is a landmark in the renewal of comparative literature as a discipline.
For more on Chinese Shakespeares, watch a video of highlights of four adaptations of “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Lear,” on screen and stage with commentary by Alexander Huang: