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Research Guide for Asian Theatre THEA 290

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About Asian Theatre THEA 290:

A survey of selected topics in classical Asian theatre and performance from among the Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku Theaters of Japan; Yuan Drama and Classical Opera of China; Sanskrit Drama and Kathakali Dance Theatre of India; and some other historical and current performance trends and styles. A study of theories of intercultural performance and Asian theatre influences on the West.

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  • time period

  • place

  • specific event   

  • specific people

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  • Think about the history of your topic, and its categories.

  • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Under each question, think about the following aspects:

  • What do you already know about your topic or issue?

  • What do you need to learn to better understand your topic or issue?

  • What kinds of information resources might provide the answer to these questions?

    Consider your audience.

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    • Why will it be of interest to them?

    • What will be new to them?

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