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Asian Theatre Journal

ISSN: 0742-5457
E-ISSN: 1527-2109
Frequency: Semiannual

Asian Theatre Journal is dedicated to the performing arts of Asia, focusing upon both traditional and modern theatrical forms. It aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge throughout the international theatrical community for the mutual benefit of all interested scholars and artists. This engaging, intercultural journal offers descriptive and analytical articles, original plays and play translations, book and audiovisual reviews, and reports of current theatrical activities in Asia. Full-color plates and black-and-white photographs illustrate each issue.

Sponsor: Association for Asian Performance (AAP) of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
AAP Secretary-Treasurer: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.LMU

  • Recent Articles
  • From the Editor
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Ras and Affect in Ramlila (and the Radheshyam Ramayan)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Rescuing Mulian's Mother in the Xi Era: Reviving Ritual Xiqu in Contemporary Fujian
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Desiring Spectacular Discipline: Aspiration, Fraternal Anxiety, and the Allure of Restraint in Nō's Dōjōji
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Chinese Entertainment Industry, the Case of Folk Errenzhuan
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Theatre on the Move: Sakurai Daizou's Tent Theatre in East Asia
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    2017 Black Tent Theatre Project in Gwanghwamun Square: Staging Tragic Memory and Building Solidarity through Public Theatre
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Mystic Lear and Playful Hamlet: The Critical Cultural Dramaturgy in the Iranian Appropriations of Shakespearean Tragedies
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Uncle Tom's Cabin in China: Ouyang Yuqian's Regret of a Black Slave and the Tactics of Impersonating Race, Gender, and Class
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Trapping the Heron: The Curious Case of Sagi School Kyōgen
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Local Community Ritual Theatre in Guangxi, South China
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Masks and Costumes of Purulia Chhau
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Ola Bola the Musical dir. by Tiara Jacquelina (review)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity ed. by Anthony Shay and Barbara Sellers-Young (review)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    World Dance Cultures: From Ritual to Spectacle by Patricia Leigh Beaman (review)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre by Jerri Daboo (review)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions trans. by Stephen H. West and Wilt L. Idema (review)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir by Ian Buruma (review)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Engeki: Japanese Theatre in the New Millennium (review)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

    Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo by Sondra Fraleigh and Tamah Nakamura (review)
    Posted on Wednesday March 13, 2019

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  • Author Guidelines
  • Asian Theatre Journal welcomes articles on Asian theatre and on the relations and mutual influences between Asian and Western theatre. All articles are printed in English. If the contribution is in another language, the original and an English translation are requested. The recommended length for manuscripts is 6,000-8,000 words for articles (including endnotes), 4,000-5,000 words for reports, 800-1,500 for reviews.

    Authors are requested to submit a digital copy via e-mail to Siyuan Liu. Manuscript should be typed and double-spaced throughout, including notes and references cited, and in conformance with The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Manuscripts should be prepared with endnotes typed in to the text file and follow the author-date (or parenthetical reference) system of documentation. Theatrical forms (noh, wayang wong, xiqu) should be printed in lowercase letters and italicized. Foreign titles (of plays as well as reference works) should be italicized and, wherever possible, provided with an English translation following the original.

    As ATJ is a refereed journal, authors are advised to supply their names only on the cover page and not in the text proper. Authors should submit photos and illustrations only after the text has been accepted and not as part of the original file. When they are eventually submitted images are clearly identified and provided with helpful captions as well as photo credits. Please examine a recent issue for examples of ATJ style and format.

    All manuscripts and inquiries should be sent to Editor Siyuan Liu. Persons wishing to review books should send their requests to the Book Editor David Jortner.

    Download Submission and Style Guidelines from Asian Theatre Journal here.

  • Editorial Board
  • Editor

    Siyuan Liu, University of British Columbia

    Associate Editors

    Claudia Orenstein, Hunter College, CUNY

    Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, University of California, Los Angeles

    Area Editors


    Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, University of Hawai‘i


    Laurence Kominz, Portland State University


    Chan Park, Ohio State University

    South Asia

    Shayoni Mitra, Barnard College

    Southeast Asia

    Matthew Isaac Cohen, Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Indexes
  • Articles appearing in Asian Theatre Journal are indexed and/or abstracted in:

    Association for Asian Studies–
    Bibliography of Asian Studies (Online), 1984-1999

    Book Review Index

    Canada in Context, 03/2000-

    Clarivate Analytics–
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    Current Contents
    Web of Science

    De Gruyter Saur–
    Dietrich’s Index Philosophicus
    IBZ – Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur

    Academic Search Alumni Edition, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Complete, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Elite, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Premier, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search Ultimate, 1/1/2001-
    Academic Search: Main Edition, 1/1/2001-
    Advanced Placement Source, 1/1/2001-
    Current Abstracts, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities International Complete, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities International Index, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities Source, 1/1/2001-
    Humanities Source Ultimate, 1/1/2001-
    Index Islamicus Online
    International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text, 1/1/1984-
    MainFile, 1/1/2001-
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 1/1/2001-
    Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
    TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/2001-

    Elsevier BV–
    Scopus, 2002-

    Academic OneFile, 03/2000-
    Advanced Placement Fine Arts and Music, 03/2000-
    Book Review Index Plus
    Expanded Academic ASAP, 03/2000-
    Fine Arts and Music Collection, 03/2000-
    General OneFile, 03/2000-
    InfoTrac Custom, 3/2000-
    InfoTrac Student Edition, 03/2000-
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Shakespeare Collection, 3/2000-
    Student Resources in Context, 03/2000-

    ArticleFirst, vol.17, no.1, 2000-vol.28, no.2, 2011
    Electronic Collections Online, vol.17, no.1, 2000-vol.28, no.2, 2011

    Arts Premium Collection, 4/1/1998-
    Index Islamicus Online
    MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    Music & Performing Arts Collection, 4/1/1998-
    Performing Arts Periodicals Database, 4/1/1998-
    Professional ProQuest Central, 04/01/1998-
    ProQuest 5000, 04/01/1998-
    ProQuest Central, 4/1/1998-
    Research Library, 04/01/1998-