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Terror and Performance by Rustom Bharucha (review)

Terror and Performance by Rustom Bharucha (review) India TERROR AND PERFORMANCE. By Rustom Bharucha. New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2014. 250 pp. London: Routledge. Paper, $39.95; cloth, $125.00. The literature on terror has grown substantially since 9/11. Most of these books either reinterpret the concept of terror in the light of American war on terror or critically examine terror in the wake of discursive readings of critics such as Edward Said. Surprisingly, both readings underline the Muslim and Judeo-Christian divide. By rethinking terror in the wake of Hobbes's idea of war of "every man against every man," Rustom Bharucha's book Terror and Performance offers a much awaited perspective beyond the Muslim and JudeoChristian world to the existing scholarship on terror in the field of theatre and performance studies. Besides being a provocation for the emerging scholarship on terror and performance, the book offers a reengagement with real people who were lost in a rigid dichotomy between subject and object. Above all, in writing terror using the parlance of performance studies, the book, intelligibly, puts humans at the center and challenges state-centric approaches on terror in which humans are often presented as war machines. The book's content defies partisan feeling that has been running high against the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Terror and Performance by Rustom Bharucha (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 32 (2) – Sep 14, 2015

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India TERROR AND PERFORMANCE. By Rustom Bharucha. New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2014. 250 pp. London: Routledge. Paper, $39.95; cloth, $125.00. The literature on terror has grown substantially since 9/11. Most of these books either reinterpret the concept of terror in the light of American war on terror or critically examine terror in the wake of discursive readings of critics such as Edward Said. Surprisingly, both readings underline the Muslim and Judeo-Christian divide. By rethinking terror in the wake of Hobbes's idea of war of "every man against every man," Rustom Bharucha's book Terror and Performance offers a much awaited perspective beyond the Muslim and JudeoChristian world to the existing scholarship on terror in the field of theatre and performance studies. Besides being a provocation for the emerging scholarship on terror and performance, the book offers a reengagement with real people who were lost in a rigid dichotomy between subject and object. Above all, in writing terror using the parlance of performance studies, the book, intelligibly, puts humans at the center and challenges state-centric approaches on terror in which humans are often presented as war machines. The book's content defies partisan feeling that has been running high against the

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 14, 2015

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