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 neglected as a box of study in colonial and postcolonial reviews. Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance seeks to deal with that absence, because it uniquely perspectives drama and function as vital to the perform of nationalism and anti-colonial resistance.

Nandi Bhatia argues that Indian theater used to be 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 strength via its engagement with matters derived from mythology, background, and to be had colonial versions reminiscent of Shakespeare. Bhatia's cognizance to neighborhood histories inside a postcolonial framework locations functionality in an international and transcultural context. Drawing connections among artwork and politics, among functionality and daily adventure, Bhatia indicates how functionality frequently intervened in political debates or even replaced the process politics.

One of the 1st Western stories 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 heritage. 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 function 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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