Theatre as a Site of History and Memory
This course will investigate Mahabharata tales, that form the repertoire of many South and Southeast Asian performance traditions, Javanese Wayang Purwa, and Asian American theater traditions as sites of memory, testimony, and archive and will be looking at the way that performance traditions change as they become transnational and diasporic. We will explore how these different traditions create textual communities and identities. Focusing on story-telling, design, and cultural memories, the course will research the encoding and transmission of knowledge in theatrical traditions. Through an interdisciplinary approach combining ethnographic and historiographical methods, the class will move from theatrical arts to stories as sites of memory to see how text, artifact, and site police the borders of identity and tradition.