Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre

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Siyuan Liu
Routledge, Feb 5, 2016 - Performing Arts - 578 pages

Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre is an advanced level reference guide which surveys the rich and diverse traditions of classical and contemporary performing arts in Asia, showcasing significant scholarship in recent years. An international team of over 50 contributors provide authoritative overviews on a variety of topics across Asia, including dance, music, puppetry, make-up and costume, architecture, colonialism, modernity, gender, musicals, and intercultural Shakespeare.

This volume is divided into four sections covering:

  • Representative Theatrical Traditions in Asia.
  • Cross-Regional Aspects of Classical and Folk Theatres.
  • Modern and Contemporary Theatres in Asian Countries.
  • Modernity, Gender Performance, Intercultural and Musical Theatre in Asia.

Offering a cutting edge overview of Asian theatre and performance, the Handbook is an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and students studying this ever-evolving field.


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understanding Asian theatre
PART I Traditional theatre in Asia
PART II Dimensions of traditional Asian theatre
PART III Modern theatre in Asia
PART IV Perspectives of modern and contemporary Asian theatre

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About the author (2016)

Siyuan Liu is a former President of the Association for Asian Performance and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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