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 study in colonial and postcolonial experiences. Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance seeks to deal with that absence, because it uniquely perspectives drama and function as crucial 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 buildings, because it sought to undo a variety of schemes of political and cultural strength via its engagement with topics derived from mythology, heritage, and on hand colonial types similar to Shakespeare. Bhatia's consciousness to neighborhood histories inside a postcolonial framework areas functionality in an international and transcultural context. Drawing connections among paintings 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 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 serious moments in historical past. every 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 diversifications of Shakespeare performs by way of 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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