Women in Asian Performance

Women in Asian Performance : Aesthetics and politics

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Women in Asian Performance offers a vital re-assessment of women's contributions to Asian performance traditions, focusing for the first time on their specific historical, cultural and performative contexts.
Arya Madhavan brings together leading scholars from across the globe to make an exciting intervention into current debates around femininity and female representation on stage. This collection looks afresh at the often centuries-old aesthetic theories and acting conventions that have informed ideas of gender in Asian performance. It is divided into three parts:

erasure - the history of the presence and absence of female bodies on Asian stages;

intervention - the politics of female intervention into patriarchal performance genres;

reconstruction - the strategies and methods adopted by women in redefining their performance practice.

Establishing a radical, culturally specific approach to addressing female performance-making, Women in Asian Performance is a must-read for scholars and students across Asian Studies and Performance Studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 12.7mm | 476g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Halftones, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white; 3 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138917826
  • 9781138917828
  • 1,021,368

About Arya Madhavan

Arya Madhavan is Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln, UK, and a practising kutiyattam performer.
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Table of contents

Arya Madhavan


The woman thing: issues and advances for women in Sundanese performance
Kathy Foley
Women in a man's world: gender and power in Japanese noh theatre
Barbara Geilhorn

"Just like a woman": female impersonation, gender construction and role playing in Begum Barve
Angelie Multani

Feminist Asian cosmopolitanism in Singapore tango clubs
Shzr Ee Tan

Stars on the rise: the jingju actresses in Republican China
Xing Fan


Between roars and tears: towards the female kathakali
Arya Madhavan

"Ruined by several actresses who added lewd elements": the popularity of emerging actresses in Chinese jingju (Beijing opera) and the censorship of two plays
Siyuan Liu

Theatre of Kishida Rio: towards re-signification of "home" for women in Asia
Nobuko Anan

Foreign female interventions in traditional Asian arts: Rebecca Teele and Cristina Formaggia
Margaret Coldiron

An unexpected voice: performance, gender, and protecting tradition in Korean mask dance dramas
CedarBough T. Saeji


Rasatrialogue: the politics of the female body in Asian performance
Sreenath Nair

Nangiar kuthu: interference, intervention and inheritance
Diane Daugherty

Women in British Asian theatre
Graham Ley
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