Michael H. Bodden

Michael H. Bodden is an associate professor of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He has published numerous articles on contemporary Indonesian theater and literature, as well as a collection of translations of the fiction, the essays, and a drama by Indonesian writer Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Jakarta at a Certain Point in Time.

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Resistance on the National Stage · Theater and Politics in Late New Order Indonesia
By Michael H. Bodden

Resistance on the National Stage analyzes the ways in which, between 1985 and 1998, modern theater prac­titioners in Indonesia contributed to a rising movement of social protest against the long-governing New Order regime of President Suharto.

“The scholarship of the manuscript is impressive, and the research thorough, painstaking and up to date. Its original contribution lies in the detailed, perceptive discussion of theatre activities and performances, linked with sophisticated, highly-informed analysis of contemporaneous political structures, events and currents of thought. The breadth of sources drawn on for such analysis, including many newspaper reports and reviews as well as play-scripts, unpublished papers and interviews, is a major strength of the study.”

Barbara Hatley, author of Javanese Performances on an Indonesian Stage