Alexander C.Y. Huang, a research affiliate in the Literature section of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and associate professor of comparative literature at Penn State, has won the 2010 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies for Chinese Shakespeares (Columbia University Press, 2009).
Alexander, who is also the co-founder and co-editor, with Peter Donaldson, Ford Foundation Professor of Humanities at MIT, of two open-access digital video archives — Global Shakespeares in Performance and Shakespeare Performance in Asia — will be participating in the Global Shakespeare curriculum initiative.
The movement of cultural forms across geographical space
The Scaglione Award, given by the Modern Language Association, recognizes outstanding scholarly work in the field of comparative literature. The MLA'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.
Chinese Shakespeares has also received Honorable Mention for the Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre. Huang is the general editor of The Shakespearean International Yearbook and the vice president of the Association for Asian Performance. He co-edited Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia, and Cyberspace and Class, Boundary, and Social Discourse in the Renaissance.