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The Ramayana in Indonesia (review)

The Ramayana in Indonesia (review) In summary, Cross-Dressing in Chinese Opera adds both empirical and analytical inputs to our understanding of classic Chinese theatre. His radically new perspective and illuminating insights on Chinese cross-gender performance have implications for "cross-ism" on the stage at large. Though the author could extend the scope of his theoretical references and present ideas more fluidly and in greater detail (for instance, more analyses on the spectatorship of cinematic adaptations or any other genre transformation of the cross-dressing stage performance, and about how the theme has been enriched and enlarged through genre transformations), this remains an exciting work and pathbreaking study of transgenres and the transgendered. Ping Fu Carleton College THE RAMAYANA IN INDONESIA. By Malini Saran and Vinod C. Khanna. Delhi: Ravi Dayal and Orient Longman Ltd., 2004. 264 pp. Rs 900 (approx. $19.80). In their survey of the Ramayana traditions of Indonesia, Malini Saran and Vinod Khanna have created a volume notable for comprehensive coverage of the tale of Rama and Sita in the archipelago. It is simultaneously a balanced presentation of a historical process that is all too often weighted too heavily to one side, either toward "Indianization" or toward what Sheldon Pollack (1996) termed "defensive http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

The Ramayana in Indonesia (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 22 (1) – Feb 15, 2005

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Abstract

In summary, Cross-Dressing in Chinese Opera adds both empirical and analytical inputs to our understanding of classic Chinese theatre. His radically new perspective and illuminating insights on Chinese cross-gender performance have implications for "cross-ism" on the stage at large. Though the author could extend the scope of his theoretical references and present ideas more fluidly and in greater detail (for instance, more analyses on the spectatorship of cinematic adaptations or any other genre transformation of the cross-dressing stage performance, and about how the theme has been enriched and enlarged through genre transformations), this remains an exciting work and pathbreaking study of transgenres and the transgendered. Ping Fu Carleton College THE RAMAYANA IN INDONESIA. By Malini Saran and Vinod C. Khanna. Delhi: Ravi Dayal and Orient Longman Ltd., 2004. 264 pp. Rs 900 (approx. $19.80). In their survey of the Ramayana traditions of Indonesia, Malini Saran and Vinod Khanna have created a volume notable for comprehensive coverage of the tale of Rama and Sita in the archipelago. It is simultaneously a balanced presentation of a historical process that is all too often weighted too heavily to one side, either toward "Indianization" or toward what Sheldon Pollack (1996) termed "defensive

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 15, 2005

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