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The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903 (Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series) Paperback – April 17, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0896802469 ISBN-10: 0896802469 Edition: annotated edition

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"This book makes an important contribution to the literature both on Indonesian theater and on the cultural history of the Netherlands Indies around the turn of the twentieth century. It is meticulously and thoroughly researched and written in a clear, fluid, accessible style."
— Barbara Hatley, author of Javanese Performances on an Indonesian Stage: Theatre, Society, and Politics in Central Java

“Illuminating and impressive—we are in the presence of a scholar who can think large thoughts on the basis of many small facts he has gathered from a great array of sources.”
American Historical Review

About the Author

Matthew Isaac Cohen is senior lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University of London. His articles on Southeast Asian performance have appeared in New Theatre Quarterly, Asian Theatre Journal, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, and Archipel. As a practicing shadow puppeteer, he has performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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Matthew Isaac Cohen is Professor of International Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. An American by birth, he holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University and performs as a wayang kulit puppeteer under the company name Kanda Buwana ( His books include Demon Abduction: A Wayang Ritual Drama from West Java (Lontar Foundation, 1998); The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903 (Ohio University Press and KITLV Press, 2006), which won the Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies; and Performing Otherness: Java and Bali on International Stages, 1905-1952 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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