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Communities of ImaginationContemporary Southeast Asian Theatres$
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Catherine Diamond

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835842

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835842.001.0001

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(p.309) Conclusion
Communities of Imagination

Catherine Diamond

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter reviews how the nation-states of Southeast Asia are the site of both superficial adaptations of cultural difference and a profound layering of historical fusions. The theatres that stem from such cross-fertilization reveal their own as well as their societies' conscious applications and unconscious penetrations, and the accommodation and resistance to such influences. Now marginalized by societies that are infatuated with electronic communications and entertainments, the theatres negotiate the role for the new self in a world teeming with other clamoring selves. These coalescences of writers, directors, performers, and audiences utilize their artistic camaraderie to form new “communities of imagination” that strive to express the complex totality of the Southeast Asian's individual, communal, national, and cosmopolitan self.

Keywords:   Southeast Asia, cultural difference, historical fusions, theatres, electronic entertainments, artistic camarederie, imagination

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