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An Absent Audience

Stuart Blackburn

in Inside the Drama-House

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780520202054
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916807 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520202054.003.0001
An Absent Audience

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This book describes the performance of Kampan's medieval text Kamparāmāyanam as a shadow puppet play in Kerala, south India, analyzing the puppeteers' particular telling of the story though translations of their performances. It also explores the wider issues of audience interaction, the interpretative role of oral commentary, and the intertextuality of Rāma stories.

Keywords: shadow puppet play; Kamparāmāyanam; Kerala; south India; Rāma stories; audience interaction; oral commentary

Chapter.  8521 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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