Indonesian Postcolonial Theatre Spectral Genealogies and Absent Faces

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Drawing examples from as early as a 1619 production ofHamletand 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.

Author Biography

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. 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Series Editor's Prefacep. xi
Prefacep. xii
Introduction: Colonial Foundations and Precessions of Postcolonialityp. 1
Spectral genealogiesp. 1
Between Batavia and Indonesiap. 8
The first Indonesian Playp. 20
Absent facesp. 33
Unimagined Communities: Theatres of Eurasian and Chinese Bataviap. 38
Neighborhoods and buildingsp. 38
The foreign metropolep. 40
Mestizo nationalism and Komedie Stamboelp. 44
Karina Adindap. 48
Chinese Batavian theatrep. 58
The Living Corpsep. 61
Jakarta 2039p. 65
Sites of Disappearance: Expatriate Ghosts on Ephemeral Stagesp. 69
Jakarta after 1949p. 69
Cryptic memorials for distant homelandsp. 73
The Schouwburg Weltewredenp. 77
The Death of Jan van Schaffelaarp. 80
A zoological garden and an empty framep. 85
Tableaux at the ephemeral centers of strugglep. 95
Soekarno's theatre in exilep. 98
Eccentrics at Parangtritisp. 103
Despite Their Failings: Spectres of Foreign Professionalismp. 108
The last two luminariesp. 108
'Gifted queer' amateurs and professional actressesp. 110
Mina Kruseman and the nativization of modern theatrep. 116
Dr Samsi and Dewi Djap. 120
The Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Spherep. 124
The first (amateur) Indonesian troupep. 128
Indonesian method actingp. 134
Hamlet and Caligula: Echoes of a Voice, Unclear in Originsp. 141
The wandering womanp. 141
'A stretch of beach binding dry land to a spiritual sea'p. 146
Rendra, pemuda of Denmarkp. 150
Caligula in the wake of Soekarnop. 156
...and in the twilight of Suhartop. 164
Umat as Rakyat: Performing Islam through Veils of Nationalismp. 174
Devotions of the revolutionary youthp. 174
The limits of anti-theatricalismp. 177
The nationalist as perfect manp. 179
The lonely path of the liberal infidelp. 186
An actress haunted by martyrsp. 190
Teater Reformasi: The Lingering Smile of the Absent Fatherp. 196
Performing the face of Suhartop. 196
The haunted graveyards of Payung Hitamp. 204
President of the Republic of Dreams…p. 208
…and bridegroom to global capitalismp. 213
Conclusion: forgetting the monotonous nationp. 216
Appendix: A Timeline of 'Indonesian' and 'Batavian' Historiesp. 219
Notesp. 226
Works Citedp. 240
Indexp. 252
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