Staging Asia

The Dutch East India Company and the Amsterdam Theatre

Manjusha Kuruppath

Staging Asia

Manjusha Kuruppath

Distributed for Leiden University Press

282 pages | 1 map | 6 x 9
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9789087282578 Published February 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In the early modern Dutch Republic, three playwrights wrote dramas based on political revolutions that were occurring at that same time in Asia. Reflecting on this remarkable phenomenon, Staging Asia traces the transmission of the stories surrounding the seventeenth-century Asian events and their ultimate appearance in Europe as Dutch dramas. Manjusha Kuruppath explores the nature of the representation of the Orient in these works and evaluates how this characterization was influenced by the channels, including some connected to the Dutch East India Company, that the dramatists relied on to gather information for their plays.
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