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Rasa: Performing the Divine in India (review)

Rasa: Performing the Divine in India (review) 57: 1 (2004): 119 ­173, a must read for anyone interested in the "musical vocabulary of race," as Moon terms it.) The book concludes with two appendices: one listing American pop tunes circa 1800­1929 that feature Chinese references and one listing musical revues and plays with Chinese themes. Unfortunately, the first is listed chronologically, and the second is listed alphabetically, which makes comparison difficult, and the second omits a notable number of relevant scripts. Despite its shortcomings Yellowface is a useful and accessible study for students and teachers, and at $23.95 a reasonable buy. Musicologists and theatre historians will also find Yellowface to be an interesting incentive to investigate further an area of American performance history that continues to affect popular stereotypes of the Chinese in the United States. Randy Barbara Kaplan State University of New York at Geneseo R AS A: PERFORMING THE DIVINE IN INDIA . By Susan L. Schwartz. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. 160 pp. 32 illus. Cloth $59.50; paper $22.50. The purpose of the book is to introduce readers to the basic concepts of India's cultural tradition and the aesthetic principle of rasa. To do this Susan Schwartz has focused on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Rasa: Performing the Divine in India (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 23 (1) – Apr 12, 2006

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57: 1 (2004): 119 ­173, a must read for anyone interested in the "musical vocabulary of race," as Moon terms it.) The book concludes with two appendices: one listing American pop tunes circa 1800­1929 that feature Chinese references and one listing musical revues and plays with Chinese themes. Unfortunately, the first is listed chronologically, and the second is listed alphabetically, which makes comparison difficult, and the second omits a notable number of relevant scripts. Despite its shortcomings Yellowface is a useful and accessible study for students and teachers, and at $23.95 a reasonable buy. Musicologists and theatre historians will also find Yellowface to be an interesting incentive to investigate further an area of American performance history that continues to affect popular stereotypes of the Chinese in the United States. Randy Barbara Kaplan State University of New York at Geneseo R AS A: PERFORMING THE DIVINE IN INDIA . By Susan L. Schwartz. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. 160 pp. 32 illus. Cloth $59.50; paper $22.50. The purpose of the book is to introduce readers to the basic concepts of India's cultural tradition and the aesthetic principle of rasa. To do this Susan Schwartz has focused on the

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Apr 12, 2006

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