By W. G. Aston

ISBN-10: 1931313946

ISBN-13: 9781931313940

This can be the earliest specified survey of the voluminous eastern literature released in English, starting from the Archaic interval (before A.D.700) throughout the 19th century romanic fictions, to the socalled Tokyo interval finishing in 1898.

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The sole purpose of her physical and spiritual existence is for love, or more precisely to serve and care for her husband forever.  ] in order to hold on to her husband. Hence love seems to have a dual nature. 9 The construction of many female characters in Thai court and folk theatre traditions reveals an anxiety toward women who not only appear to fulfill the ideal feminine stereotype but who actually do fulfill it. A duality haunts their theatrical representation, suggesting that underneath the lovely and loving exterior lurks a frightening succubus ready to destroy not only the men they love but the whole social structure.

Despite the intention of the director and the Ministry to create a prestigious performance, Bacchae was a contentious choice in Malaysia. The plot, which centers on Pentheus being punished for not acknowledging Dionysus as a true deity, ran into problems with officials in the Ministry and almost every aspect of the play had to be compromised to allow the production to proceed. The authorities insisted that because Islam is the state religion and accepts the existence of no god but Allah, Dionysus had to be recast as a demigod, a move that undermined the central point of the play.

Performed at the Pridi Banomyong Institute, it was produced by the combined forces of three experimental groups—B-Floor, Crescent Moon, and WOW. This piece of physical theatre in which the five actors spoke only gibberish31 presented a series of loosely linked vignettes about incidents of gender conflict, all enacted with tongue-in-cheek humor. The actors used portable door frames from which to emerge and interlink the scenes, and also to suggest the artifice of multiple identities, not only of the actors, but also the women they portrayed.

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