Tropic Spells, Performance, and the Native Boy
This introductory chapter demonstrates that while orientalist dyadic formations are chronic and persistent in twentieth- and twenty-first-century intercultural encounters, queer couplings such as the white man/native boy remain under the critical radar in spite of their prevalence. The book addresses this case, and performs a comparative study of queer coupling on three circum-Pacific performance sites—Bali, Singapore, and the United States—as a primary object of performance history and analysis. This dyad commensurate visibility in critical studies of performance, theater, and culture, whether as a queer episteme or a colonial one—or both—intertwined throughout the encounter. In addition, an understanding of Asian encounters in a colonial-transnational frame lacks central substance by disregarding the account of queer couplings.
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