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Performing Women: Theatre, Politics and Dissent in India

Price : $19.75
ISBN # : 9780198066934
Author : Bhatia, Nandi
pages: 232
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Oxford
Published : 2010

Performing Women brings visibility to the work of women who performed on the borderlines of dominant theatrical activity and engaged in dramatic enactments that contested middle-class codes of female propriety, which became normalized in the national popular consciousness. This book recovers, excavates, and remembers the contribution of both neglected as well as known figures in theatre history from north India, in languages which include Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi, and cements their place in the canon of Indian theatre. It examines the diverse modes of dramatic representation and performance--myth, folklore, ritual, and history, including everyday conversation--used by women to intervene in and challenge the agenda of social movements, which conceptualized women's emancipation but imagined their role as being primarily at the core of family life. The author argues that women's presence on stage and their involvement in theatre--as actors, playwrights, directors, organizers, and characters--made important contributions to the debates on gender and nationalism at particular moments of colonial and postcolonial history.

Nandi Bhatia is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 28 September, 2010.
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