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Writing on the Wall: Essays On Culture And Politics

byHimani Bannerji

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"An activist epistemology grounded in commitment" is the entry point to these provocative essays by renowned Toronto poet, critic and activist Himani Bannerji.

Through critical discussions of Marxist theatre in Bengal, the anti-racist ad feminist poetry of Dionne Brand in Canada, the revolutionary poetry of Ernesto Cardenal in Nicaragua, a recent popular trend in Bengali fiction, and the films of Russian Andrei Tarkovsky, these essays provide acute, dispassionate insignts into politically committed cutural activity. What is a true people's theatre (as opposed to a middle-class version of one)? How is Marxism reconciled with Christianity in Nicaraguan revolutionary politics? What has been the role and status of women actors in India? How does the mind comprehend history, in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, and why do they unsettle the Western sensibility? These are some of the questions addressed in this well-argued, informative, and engaging book.

Himani Bannerji was born in 1942 in Bangladesh, which was then part of preindependence India. Educated in Calcutta and Toronto she now teaches social science at York University. Her poetry, short stories, critical articles and film and theatre reviews have appeared in numerous magazines. She has published two collections of poetry, A S...
Title:Writing on the Wall: Essays On Culture And PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:170 pages, 8.73 × 5.74 × 0.52 in

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Table of Contents

Contents: Writing on the Wall
Introduction
Nostalgia for the Future: The Poetry of Emesto Cardenal
The Poetry of Dionne Brand
Andrei Tarkovsky: A Discourse on Desire and History
Evenings Out: Attending Political Theatre in West Bengal
Language and Liberation: A Study of Political Theatre in West Bengal
Language and Liberation: A Study of Political Theatre in West Bengal
Nation and Class in Communist Aesthetic and the Theatre of Utpal Dutt
One Woman, Two Women, Without Women: Gender Construction in Bengali Theatre
The Alienated Hero in the Novels of Sunil Gangyopadhyay