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Books Received PEONY PAVILLION. By Tang Xianzu translated by and preface by Cyril Birch with introduction by Catherine Swateck. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. 400 pp. $49.95 cloth; $19.95 paper. This book is a reprint of the 1980s translation of Cyril Birch, but more than the original in that the book gives an introduction by Birch that covers the production history of the play and adds a new essay by Catherine Swatek on recent productions of the work. For those who wish to teach this kunqu opera in the context of the recent performances in the United States, including Chen Shi-zheng's Lincoln Center production and the Peter Sellars production, Swatek's essay offers informative coverage of both of these, plus an additional production in Beijing. Swatek's discussion situates all three productions within the performance traditions of kunqu in general and The Peony Pavilion specifically. BEYOND LINES OF CONTROL: PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS ON THE DISPUTED BORDERS OF LADAKH, INDIA. By Ravina Aggrawal. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005. 305 pp. $84.95/23.95. This anthropological study of the religious conflict in Ladakh uses a borders approach and does social analysis of artistic practice. The interest of the author is to explicate the religious and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Books Received

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 23 (2) – Aug 17, 2006

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PEONY PAVILLION. By Tang Xianzu translated by and preface by Cyril Birch with introduction by Catherine Swateck. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. 400 pp. $49.95 cloth; $19.95 paper. This book is a reprint of the 1980s translation of Cyril Birch, but more than the original in that the book gives an introduction by Birch that covers the production history of the play and adds a new essay by Catherine Swatek on recent productions of the work. For those who wish to teach this kunqu opera in the context of the recent performances in the United States, including Chen Shi-zheng's Lincoln Center production and the Peter Sellars production, Swatek's essay offers informative coverage of both of these, plus an additional production in Beijing. Swatek's discussion situates all three productions within the performance traditions of kunqu in general and The Peony Pavilion specifically. BEYOND LINES OF CONTROL: PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS ON THE DISPUTED BORDERS OF LADAKH, INDIA. By Ravina Aggrawal. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005. 305 pp. $84.95/23.95. This anthropological study of the religious conflict in Ladakh uses a borders approach and does social analysis of artistic practice. The interest of the author is to explicate the religious and

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Published: Aug 17, 2006

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