Alexa (Alex) Huang
Title — Founding Co-director, Digital Humanities Institute;
Director, Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program
Director of Graduate Studies in English;
Professor of English, Theatre, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs
Office — Rome Hall, Room 750
Phone — (202) 994 6636
E-mail — firstname.lastname@example.org
Areas of Expertise —
Shakespeare, globalization, Sino-European cultural exchange, literary theory, early modern and postmodern literary and performance cultures, digital humanities, transnational and Chinese theatre and film
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Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Joint Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies of Humanities, Stanford University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant for A Web Edition of Shakespeare’s King Lears; PI: Michael Best; with Alex Huang, Andrew Griffin and Lynne Bradley, 2012-2017
Stiftung Mercator grant for Weltliteratur und Welttheater, 2012
George Washington University Office of the Vice President for Research University Facilitating Fund research grant, 2012Short-term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., Spring 2012
Modern Language Association (MLA) Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Studies, January 2011 (Chinese Shakespeares, Columbia University Press)
New York University Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book in Drama and Theatre--Honorable Mention, 2010 (Chinese Shakespeares, Columbia University Press)
International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS) Colleagues' Choice Award, March, 2011 (Chinese Shakespeares, Columbia University Press)
Faculty Teaching Award, Comparative Literature, Penn State University, Spring 2011
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) research fellowship, 2010
Penn State University Institute for the Arts and Humanities research grant, 2010
Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, publication subsidy award for monograph Chinese Shakespeares, 2009
Alexa (Alex) Huang is Founding Co-Director of the GW Digital Humanities Institute, Director of the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare (a signature program of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences), Director of Graduate Studies in English, and Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and co-founder and co-director of the open access Global Shakespeares digital performance archive (http://globalshakespeares.org) and research affiliate in Literature at MIT. Her teaching and publications are unified by a commitment to understanding the mobility of early modern and postmodern cultures in their literary, performative, and digital forms of expression.
As the co-founder and co-director of Global Shakespeares, an open-access digital video archive, Professor Huang served as the video curator of an exhibition on early modern and postmodern Sino-European cultural exchange at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Global Shakespeares has been indexed by the MLA Bibliography, World Shakespeare Bibliography, Literature Online (LION), and other databases and bibliographies.
Her book Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange (published by Columbia University Press) received the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, an honorable mention of NYU’s Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre, and the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS) Colleagues’ Choice Award. Her other books include Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung (Transcript Verlag, 2012); Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace, co-edited with Charles Ross (Purdue University Press, 2009); Sourcebook of Chinese and Sinophone Literary Studies in North America in the New Millennium, co-edited (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2013); and Class, Boundary, and Social Discourse in the Renaissance (also co-edited, 2007). She is co-general editor of The Shakespearean International Yearbook and performance editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions, and has guest-edited special issues of the journals Shakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare Association (“Global Shakespeares”), Asian Theatre Journal (“Asian Shakespeares 2.0”), and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation (“Asian Shakespeares on Screen”).
She has published in English, German, and Chinese on Shakespeare, critical theory, digital humanities, and cultural globalization, in Shakespeare Survey, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly, Shakespeare Bulletin, Comparative Literature Studies, Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, World Literature Today, China Review International, The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts, The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance, Shakespeare and the Second World War, Weyward Macbeth, and other journals and books.
She currently chairs the MLA committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare and edits the Palgrave-Macmillan book series on “Global Shakespeares”. She is an early modern studies faculty of the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English at Lincoln College, Oxford (a summer graduate program) and former Vice President of the Association for Asian Performance.
Book Series Editor: Palgrave Macmillan's "Global Shakespeares" series
Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung (Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 2012).
Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange (Columbia University Press, 2009/2011)
Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace, co-edited with Charles Ross (Purdue University Press, 2009)
Special issue, "Global Shakespeare," Shakespeare (Journal of the British Shakespeare Association), forthcoming
Special issue, "Asian Shakespeares on Screen: Two Films in Perspective," Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 4.2 (2009)
Special Issue, Asian Theatre Journal 28.1 (Spring 2011)
Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
"Chapter 3: Yukio Ninagawa." Brook, Hall, Ninagawa, Lepage: Great Shakespeareans 18 vols. Vol. 18. Edited by Peter Holland. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. pp. 79-112
"'What Country, Friends, Is This?': Touring Shakespeares, Agency, and Efficacy in Theatre Historiography." Theatre Survey 54.1 (2013): 51-85
Rev. of Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age by Carole Levin and John Watkins. Comparative Literature Studies, forthcoming.
"Global Shakespeares as Methodology." Shakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare Association 9.3 (2013): 1-18
"Comical Tragedies and Other Polygeneric Shakespeares in Contemporary China and Diasporic Chinese Culture," Shakespeare and Genre: From Early Modern Inheritances to Postmodern Legacies, ed. Anthony R. Guneratne (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 157-172.
"The Paradox of Female Agency." The Afterlife of Ophelia, ed Kaara Peterson and Deanne Williams. New York: Palgrave, 2012. pp. 79-100
"Die zeitgenössische Pekingoper zwischen Ost und West." On Stage: Die Kunst der Pekingoper, hrsg. Kim Karlsson and Martina Wernsdörfer (Basel, Switzerland: Museum der Kulturen, 2011), Seiten 197-207.
"The Theatricality of Religious Rhetoric: Gao Xingjian and the Meaning of Exile." Theatre Journal 63.3 (2011): 365-379.
"Global Shakespeare 2.0 and the Task of the Performance Archive." Shakespeare Survey 64 (2011), 38-51.
Rev. of Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age by Carole Levin and John Watkins. Comparative Literature Studies 49.3 (2012): 475-478.
"Shakespeare and Translation." The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts, ed Mark Thornton Burnett, Adrian Streete, and Ramona Wray. Edinburgh University Press, 2011. pp. 68-87
Rev. of Shakespeare in the Worlds of Communism and Socialism, ed. Irena R. Makaryk and Joseph G. Price. Shakespeare Studies 38 (2010): 232-236.
"Asian American Theatre Re-imagined: Shogun Macbeth in New York." Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance, ed. Scott Newstok and Ayanna Thompson. New York: Palgrave, 2009. pp. 121-125.
"'No World without Verona Walls'? Shakespeare in the Provincial Cultural Marketplace." Re-Playing Shakespeare in Asia. Ed. Poonam Trivedi and Minami Ryutan London: Routledge, 2009. pp. 251-268.
Rev. of Narrating China: Jia Pingwa and His Fictional World, by Yiyan Wang. Journal of Asian Studies 68.4 (2009): 1272-1274.
"'A Tender Heir' to 'Bear His Memory': Shakespeare's Sonnets in Taiwan." William Shakespeare's Sonnets, for the First Time Globally Represented, a Quatercentenary 1609-2009. Ed. Manfred Pfister and Jürgen Gutsch. Dozwil, Switzerland: Edition SIGNAThUR, 2009. pp. 121 to 134.
"Mo Yan as Humorist." World Literature Today 83.4 (2009): 32-35.
"Cosmopolitanism and Its Discontents: The Dialectics between the Global and the Local in Lao She's Fiction." MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly 69. 1 (March 2008): 97-118.
Rev. of Shakespeare, Memory and Performance, ed. Peter Holland. Shakespeare Quarterly 59.4 (Winter 2008): 500-503.
"Asian Shakespeares in Europe: From the Unfamiliar to the Defamiliarised." Shakespearean International Yearbook 8 (2008): 51-70
Rev. of Bringing the World Home: Appropriating the West in Late Qing and Early Republican China, by Theodore Huters. The China Quarterly, 195 (2008): 716-718.
Rev. of Shakespeare and the American Popular Stage, by Frances Teague. Theatre Journal 60.4 (2008): 680-681.
"Shakespearean Localities and the Localities of Shakespeare Studies." Shakespeare Studies 35 (2007): 186-204
Rev. of King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare: The Journal of the British Shakespeare Association 3. 2 (August 2007): 239-242.
"Site-Specific Hamlets and Reconfigured Localities: Jiang'an, Singapore, Elsinore." The Shakespearean International Yearbook 7 (2007): 22-48.
The Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre. 2 vols. Ed. Samuel Leiter (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007). 15 articles, approx. 7100 words.
"The Politics of Recognition and Comparative Literature." CLC Web: Journal of Comparative Literature and Culture 8.4 (December, 2006).
"Shakespeare, Performance, and Autobiographical Interventions." Shakespeare Bulletin: A Journal of Performance Criticism and Scholarship 24. 2 (Summer 2006): 31-47
Advocacy Work and Outreach (Selected)
Presentation during congressional briefing "National Security and Other Global Challenges through Cultural Understanding: A Briefing on the Humanities in the 21st Century," Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2013; sponsored by the National Humanities Alliance in cooperation with the Congressional Humanities Caucus
Cosmos Club Shakespeare Lecture, Feb. 22, 2013. Founded in 1878, the Cosmos Club is a private social and intellectual club in Washington, D.C.
Polytechnic School, Pasadena, California: "Shakespeare on the Global Stage"; public lecture and class sessions, December 12-13, 2012.
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) English Professional Day, Menlo School (Menlo Park), December 12, 2011
Media: Television, Radio, Newspapers (selected)
Guest appearance on BBC The Strand on April 17, 2012
Voice of America interview about Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, October 11, 2012
"A Great Feast of Languages | Interview with Alexander Huang Part Two." The Shakespeare Standard, March 9, 2013
"A Great Feast of Languages | Interview with Alexander Huang Part One." The Shakespeare Standard, February 16, 2013
BBC 2 Review Show, August 19, 2011
BBC Radio Scotland Classics Unwrapped, August 14, 2011
GW Hatchet: "Bringing Shakespeare to Life," August 25, 2011
GW English News, "All the World's a Stage: Alex Huang at GW," September 9, 2011
Feature story and interview, Research || Penn State, Fall 2010 issue
Feature story, World Journal (Shijie ribao), December 29, 2010
World Journal (Shijie ribao), January 8, 2011
Feature story, World Journal (Shijie ribao), March 26, 2011
WPSU-TV: "Reinventing Shakespeare: Lobby Talks with Actors from the London Stage, Penn State, Nov. 15 and 18, 2007
WPSU-TV interview, Pennsylvania Inside Out, Penn State, October 29, 2007