New tradition in a modernity-deficit postcolony

Ariel Heryanto

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A binary opposition between ‘tradition versus modernity’ has preoccupied the
Indonesian public and its analysts for a century. The ‘New Theatre’ is the country’s
most celebrated form in the performing arts for its amalgamation of ‘tradition and
modernity’, but the dualism persists. A critical reexamination of the New Theatre
will benefit substantially from a review of the broader debate about a flawed
modernity that has allegedly characterised many postcolonies, due to the legacies
of their traditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalAccess: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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