Indonesian Postcolonial Theatre: Spectral Genealogies and Absent Faces

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Drawing examples from as early as a 1619 production of Hamlet and as recent as 2007 performances by Indonesia’s most famous presidential impersonator, this book considers how theatre functions as a uniquely effective medium for representing the contradictions of Indonesian identity in the urban colonial/postcolonial metropole.

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Overview

Drawing examples from as early as a 1619 production of Hamlet and as recent as 2007 performances by Indonesia’s most famous presidential impersonator, this book considers how theatre functions as a uniquely effective medium for representing the contradictions of Indonesian identity in the urban colonial/postcolonial metropole.

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EVAN WINET spent six months as a Fulbright scholar to Indonesia in affiliation with the Jakarta Arts Institute. He currently serves as co-convener of the National Identities/National Cultures research group of the American Society for Theatre Research and emerging scholar adjutant for the Association for Asian Performance.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : colonial foundations and precessions of postcoloniality 1

2 Unimagined communities : theatres of Eurasian and Chinese Batavia 38

3 Sites of disappearance : expatriate ghosts on ephemeral stages 69

4 Despite their failings : spectres of foreign professionalism 108

5 Hamlet and Caligula : echoes of a voice, unclear in origins 141

6 Umat as Rakyat : performing Islam through veils of nationalism 174

7 Teater reformasi : the lingering smile of the absent father 196

App A timeline of 'Indonesian' and 'Batavian' histories 219

Notes 226

Works cited 240

Index 252

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