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ALL THE SANSKRIT I’VE FORGOTTEN AND ALL THE HINDI I COULDN’T LEARN: CIRCLING PERFORMANCE AND RELIGION IN INDIA
2019 ATJ LECTURE
DAVID V. MASON
A brief look at how someone might ping around the edges of performance and religion in northern India, followed by an attempt to unpack some basic elements of rasa, a theory of performance launched in the early centuries of the common era, quickly appropriated as a literary theory, and, by the seventeenth century, transformed into a theo-philosophical concept of personal identity as a fluid—and, perhaps, not even a real—thing.
David Mason is the editor of Ecumenica, a peer-reviewed journal attending to the intersection of performance and religion. He is the author of Theatre and Religion on Krishna’s Stage (Palgrave, 2009), Brigham Young: Sovereign in America (Routledge, 2014), and The Performative Ground of Religion and Theatre (Routledge, 2019). For a couple of decades he has taught performance theory, theatre history, dramatic literature, interdisciplinary humanities, and composition & rhetoric at big universities and small colleges, both public and private. He aspires to teach at another one.