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Yangzi Zhou

p1PhD Researcher

and Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant

Supervisors: Tim White (TPS) and Stephen Purcell (English)

Email: Yangzi.Zhou@warwick.ac.uk

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My Research

Doctoral research project: ‘Live’ is Elsewhere: Mapping Networked Theatreness in National Theatre Live

What happens when 'live theatre' is flipped into 'Theatre Live'? What makes (up for) a theatrical experience in a mediatised setting? Is it possible to speak of a theatre without the most devout attachment to liveness? The central focus of my thesis develops out of these questions to further investigate how in the past decade, mainstream theatre broadcasting programmes such as National Theatre Live (NT Live, 2009 - present) are engaged in a paralleling process of doing and undoing theatre in the changing cultural and media landscapes they inhabit. I utilise the term ‘theatreness’ to encompass both the concrete experience and abstract idea of theatre which finds itself in the throes of intermedial, inter-institutional, and international forces propelled by the socio-cultural contexts reflected and (sometimes) distorted by NT Live. With the intention to consider mediatised theatreness as a lens to understand the materialist and philosophical discourses of space, affect, and contemporaneity, my thesis aims to capture and contest the shifting notion of theatre in the contemporary world while keeping alive its reflective, commentative, and transformative qualities.

My PhD study is funded by the Warwick-CSC Joint Scholarship.

Other research interests:

  • Theatricality and intermediality
  • Contemporary British Theatre
  • Audience reception in intercultural contexts
  • Intermedial representation of theatre in fiction and film
  • Affect theory and aesthetics
  • Theatre and literature in contemporary philosophy

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles:

'"The Impossible Balancing Act": Reconstructing Liveness with NT Live's Hedda Gabler'. Adaptation 14.3(2021): 416-34. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/apaa002 (first published online in March 2020)

'A Carnival with Restraint: Deconstruction of National Identity in Cloud Nine'. Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism 12.1 (2019): 81-96.

Book Chapters:

'Affects in Theatre'. Frontiers of Contemporary Theatre Theories in the West: Volume 2 (Beijing: Peking University Press) [in Chinese, forthcoming 2022]

'Theatrical Community and the Emancipated Spectator'. Frontiers of Contemporary Theatre Theories in the West: Volume 2 (Beijing: Peking University Press) [in Chinese, forthcoming 2022]

Conference Papers:

'Spatial Stories in the Intermedial Dramaturgy of National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire'. Postgraduate Symposium in Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick, October 2022.

'“The Closest and the Farthest Away”: National Theatre Live and the Promise of Intermedial Spatial Practice'. Digital Sustainability: From Resilience to Transformation, DRHA 2022, Kingston School of Art, London, UK, September 2022.

'National Theatre Live and the Debates of Intermedial Spatial Practice: the Case of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019)'. Redirections: capturing emergent research practices in response to precarity, TaPRA Online Postgraduate Symposium, June 2022 (virtual).

'Intermedial Spatial Practice in National Theatre Live'. Global Snapshot: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Media, Performativity, and Global Communities, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 2022 (virtual).

'Ugly Feelings in Happy Days: the Ecological Possibility of Affective Spectatorship'. IFTR Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland, July 2021 (virtual).

'"Something Must be Fixed On": Observation, Romanticism, and Morality in Mansfield Park'. Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference, Duke Kunshan University, April 2019.

'Deconstruction of National Identity in Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9'. 7th International Undergraduate Conference, Beijing Foreign Studies University, September 2018.

Conference Organisation:

Organiser, Postgraduate Symposium in Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick, October 2022 (with Prodosh Bhattacharya and Varvara Sklez)

Panel Chair, 'Theatre Histories', Postgraduate Symposium in Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick, July 2021 (virtual).

Teaching

TH114 Theatre and Performance in Context (2022/23)

TH256 Adapting Shakespeare for Performance (Spring 2022, Assistant Seminar Tutor to Dr Ronan Hatfull)

Education

MPhil in Criticism and Culture (Cambridge)

BA in English Literature (Nanjing)

University Service

Nov 2021 - Present: Theatre and Performance Studies PGR Representative for Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC), School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures, University of Warwick