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.
Table of Contents
PART I, ERASURE
The woman thing: issues and advances for women in Sundanese performance
Women in a man’s world: gender and power in Japanese noh theatre
"Just like a woman": female impersonation, gender construction and role playing in Begum Barve
Feminist Asian cosmopolitanism in Singapore tango clubs
Shzr Ee Tan
Stars on the rise: the jingju actresses in Republican China
PART II, INTERVENTION
Between roars and tears: towards the female kathakali
"Ruined by several actresses who added lewd elements": the popularity of emerging actresses in Chinese jingju (Beijing opera) and the censorship of two plays
Theatre of Kishida Rio: towards re-signification of "home" for women in Asia
Foreign female interventions in traditional Asian arts: Rebecca Teele and Cristina Formaggia
An unexpected voice: performance, gender, and protecting tradition in Korean mask dance dramas
CedarBough T. Saeji
PART III, RECONSTRUCTION
Rasatrialogue: the politics of the female body in Asian performance
Nangiar kuthu: interference, intervention and inheritance
Women in British Asian theatre
Arya Madhavan is Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln, UK, and a practising kutiyattam performer.