Performing Women: Theatre, Politics, and Dissent in North India

Hardcover | November 1, 2010

byNandi Bhatia

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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 andperformance - 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 thatwomen'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.

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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...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Constructing the Theatre Actress2. Argumentative Women in Domestic Spaces: The Plays of Rasheed Jahan and Ismat Chughtai3. Independence, Partition, and New Theatrical Imaginings4. From Social Reform to Social Protest: Gender and Caste Politics in Kusum Kumar's 'Listen Shefali' (Suno Shefali)5. The Courtesan as 'Virangana' in Contemporary Historical Drama: Tripurari Sharma's San Sattavan ka Qissa: Azizum NisaEpilogue: 'A Window into an Elegant and Colourful, but Almost Forgotten World'Index