Theatre in Southeast Asia

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Social Science - 448 pages
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An astonishing variety of theatrical performances may be seen today in the eight countries of Southeast Asia--Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. James Brandon spent more than three years observing and interviewing troup members in these countries. He describes twenty-five of the most important theatrical forms, grouping them according to their origins as folk, court, popular, or Western theatre. He considers the theatre from four perspectives: its origins, its art, its role as a social institution, and its function as a medium of communication and propaganda. Brandon's wide-ranging and lively discussion points out interesting similarities and differences among the countries, and many of his superb photographs are included here.

 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
Part I A Historical Background
5
Part II Theatre as Art
87
Part III Theatre as an Institution
169
Part IV Theatre as Communication
275
MAJOR THEATRE GENRES AS PERFORMED IN 1964
325
BIBLIOGRAPHY
335
NOTES
339
GLOSSARY
347
INDEX
355
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James R. Brandon is emeritus professor of Asian theater at the University of Hawai'i.

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