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Mapping South Asia through Contemporary Theatre: Essays on the Theatres of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka ed. by Ashis Sengupta (review)

Mapping South Asia through Contemporary Theatre: Essays on the Theatres of India, Pakistan,... book reviews Transnational MAPPING SOUTH ASIA THROUGH CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: ESSAYS ON THE THEATRES OF INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, NEPAL AND SRI LANKA. Edited by Ashis Sengupta. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 272 pp. Hardcover, $90.00. The political complexities of South Asia has considerable impacts on performance practice. Performers responded to the varied social, cultural, and political shifts in the region through their artwork. Mapping South Asia through Contemporary Theatre is possibly the first volume of its kind that critically interrogates varied performance practices from several countries of this region. The collection, edited by Ashis Sengupta, puts performance at the heart of the South Asian critical discourse and is a valuable addition to the study of the region. Sengupta’s imagining of South Asia leaves out Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Maldives, in his own words, for “space constraints” (p. 1). The editor contextualizes the collection by looking at extant material that examined South Asian theatre as a whole and clarifies this book steered clear of the biases that characterize most of that work. He explains that the performance put under the microscope within the covers of this book are “germane to a comprehensive, critical understanding of the sociohistorical and politicocultural narratives of contemporary/postcolonial http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Mapping South Asia through Contemporary Theatre: Essays on the Theatres of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka ed. by Ashis Sengupta (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 35 (2) – Sep 14, 2018

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book reviews Transnational MAPPING SOUTH ASIA THROUGH CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: ESSAYS ON THE THEATRES OF INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, NEPAL AND SRI LANKA. Edited by Ashis Sengupta. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 272 pp. Hardcover, $90.00. The political complexities of South Asia has considerable impacts on performance practice. Performers responded to the varied social, cultural, and political shifts in the region through their artwork. Mapping South Asia through Contemporary Theatre is possibly the first volume of its kind that critically interrogates varied performance practices from several countries of this region. The collection, edited by Ashis Sengupta, puts performance at the heart of the South Asian critical discourse and is a valuable addition to the study of the region. Sengupta’s imagining of South Asia leaves out Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Maldives, in his own words, for “space constraints” (p. 1). The editor contextualizes the collection by looking at extant material that examined South Asian theatre as a whole and clarifies this book steered clear of the biases that characterize most of that work. He explains that the performance put under the microscope within the covers of this book are “germane to a comprehensive, critical understanding of the sociohistorical and politicocultural narratives of contemporary/postcolonial

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 14, 2018

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