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Introduction

William S. Sax

in Dancing the Self

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195139150
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195139151.003.0001
 Introduction

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The introduction surveys the literature on performance theory, ritual, and theater in India, along with addressing the construction of selfhood. It argues that many of the insights of postmodern theory were anticipated by classical Indian thought, and it concludes that public ritual performances are perhaps the most important arenas where collective identities and particular persons are ”constructed.”

Keywords: performance; persons; postmodern theory; ritual; selfhood; theater

Chapter.  6509 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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