Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance: Theater and Politics by Nandi Bhatia

By Nandi Bhatia

Despite its value to literary and cultural texts of resistance, theater has been mostly ignored as a box of research in colonial and postcolonial reports. Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance seeks to handle that absence, because it uniquely perspectives drama and function as imperative to the perform of nationalism and anti-colonial resistance.

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 a number of schemes of political and cultural energy via its engagement with topics derived from mythology, background, and to be had colonial versions similar to Shakespeare. Bhatia's cognizance to neighborhood histories inside of a postcolonial framework locations functionality in a world and transcultural context. Drawing connections among paintings 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 experiences of Indian theater to hyperlink the aesthetics and the politics of that theater, Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance combines in-depth archival study with shut readings of dramatic texts played at serious moments in historical past. each one bankruptcy amplifies its topics opposed to the backdrop of particular social stipulations because it examines specific dramatic productions, from The Indigo reflect to variations of Shakespeare performs via Indian theater businesses, illustrating the position of theater in bringing nationalist, anticolonial, and gendered struggles into the general public sphere.

Nandi Bhatia is affiliate Professor of English on the collage of Western Ontario.


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