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The Far East and the limits of representation in the theatre, 1621–2002
in A knight’s legacy
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This chapter discusses negotiation of certain problems of representation of the Far East and of the Eastern ethnic other, the 'Mandevillian drama' both in the early seventeenth century and in the early twenty- first. It focuses on a particular dramatic text - John Fletcher's 1621 tragicomedy, The Island Princess - and, on a particular production of that text: the Royal Shakespeare Company's revival in 2002-3. The chapter seeks a sense of continuity and difference in medieval and early modern negotiations of the Far East. It discusses the feasibility or otherwise of producing a play inevitably seen primarily in relation to the history of colonialism yet which, in its moment of origin, predated the colonial. The chapter finally addresses the unforeseeable simultaneity of the production and of the Bali bombing of autumn 2002, reflects on a specific postmodern (or post- '9/11') problem.

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A knight’s legacy

Mandeville and Mandevillian Lore in Early Modern England



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