By Nandi Bhatia
Nandi Bhatia argues that Indian theater was once an important strength within the fight opposed to oppressive colonial and postcolonial constructions, because it sought to undo quite a few schemes of political and cultural strength via its engagement with topics derived from mythology, historical past, and on hand colonial types reminiscent of Shakespeare. Bhatia's consciousness to neighborhood histories inside of a postcolonial framework locations functionality in a world and transcultural context. Drawing connections among artwork and politics, among functionality and daily event, Bhatia indicates how functionality usually intervened in political debates or even replaced the process politics.
One of the 1st Western reviews of Indian theater to hyperlink the aesthetics and the politics of that theater, Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance combines in-depth archival examine with shut readings of dramatic texts played at severe moments in heritage. each one bankruptcy amplifies its subject matters opposed to the backdrop of particular social stipulations because it examines specific dramatic productions, from The Indigo replicate to variations of Shakespeare performs by way of Indian theater businesses, illustrating the function of theater in bringing nationalist, anticolonial, and gendered struggles into the general public sphere.
Nandi Bhatia is affiliate Professor of English on the college of Western Ontario.
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