Performance in the Asias

1270 [CRN: 15654]

Introduces the rich performance cultures of Asia with a combination of national, comparative, circum-Pacific, and inter-Asian perspectives. We will study several significant forms of Asian theater, rituals and dance-drama, and historicize them through a variety of encounters: traditional, (post-)colonial, orientalist, and intercultural. How do differing approaches reconfigure Western assumptions about otherness (alterity)? How is an Asian imaginary in the West often tied to the "native," "non-Western," "primative," "exotic," and "queer"? We will encounter Asian performance broadly defined in both national and transnational contexts, such as the Asian diaspora, global arts festivals, museums, and tourism. WRIT
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