This paper explores how drama reflects the contemporary social situation in the ”e-generation”, by the comparison of the three plays, to serve as cultural performance and feel the social impulse. In the information society, media deeply influence theater studies and the audience reception. This article examines the three drama cases, from the high elite culture to the popular culture, including Shakespeare's plays ”The Taming of the Shrew”, aided by the BBC's film ”The Taming of the Shrew”, ”The Merchant of Venice”, and the TV soap opera series ”The Fierce Wife” in Taiwan. This paper argues that drama as a medium reflects contemporary society and social realities- from the ”taming of the wife” in Shakespeare's ”Taming of the Shrew” in the seventeenth century, to ”taming of the husband” in Bond in the modern Yu-Shakespeare stage performance, and finally to change to ”live happily after divorce” in the year 2011 ”The Fierce Wife” TV soap opera. This paper concludes e-generation technology aids theater studies, and drama as one of the important media helps understand contemporary thought and represent culture. From the perspective of e-society, this paper re-measures the contemporary theater research's essence and transformation.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Theater Studies in e-Generation: Shakespearean Research and TV Soap Opera "The Fierce Wife"
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Jul 2011
- theater studies
- The Taming of the Shrew
- The Merchant of Venice
- The Fierce Wife