Performing Shakespeare in India: Exploring Indianness, Literatures and Cultures

Performing Shakespeare in India: Exploring Indianness, Literatures and Cultures

By: Shormishtha Panja (editor), Babli Moitra Saraf (editor)Hardback

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An adaptation of Shakespeare's plays as a basis of critical exploration of identity formation in India. Even while a conscious dismantling of colonization was happening since the 19th century, the Indian literati, intellectuals, scholars and dramaturges were engaged in deconstructing the ultimate icon of colonial presence-Shakespeare. This book delves into what constitutes Indianness in the postcolonial context by looking into the text and sub-text of the Bard of Avon's plays adapted in visual culture, translation, stage performance and cinema. The book is an important intervention in the ongoing explorations in social and cultural history, as it explores how Shakespeare has impacted the emergence of regional identities around questions of language and linguistic empowerment in various ways. It reveals an extraordinary negotiation of colonial and postcolonial identity issues-be it in language, in social and cultural practices or in art forms.

About Author

Shormishtha Panja is Professor of English and Director, Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Delhi. She received her BA in English (Hons.) from Presidency College, Kolkata, and her PhD from Brown University, where she was awarded the Jean Starr Untermeyer Fellowship. She has been awarded a Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library and a Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington. She has taught at Stanford University and IIT-Delhi and has been invited to lecture at universities in the USA, UK, Canada and Australia. She has been the President of the Shakespeare Society of India from 2008 to 2014. Her books include Shakespeare and the Art of Lying (ed.), Shakespeare and Class (co-ed.), Word Image Text: Studies in Literary and Visual Culture (co-ed.) and Signifying the Self: Women and Literature (co-ed.). Babli Moitra Saraf is the Principal of Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and heads the department of Multimedia and Mass Communication. She received her MPhil degree in English and PhD in Sociology. She is fluent in several Indian and foreign languages and is a published translator. La Preda e altri Racconti (Einaudi 2004) and La Cattura (Theoria 1996) are Italian translations of the Bengali activist-novelist Mahasweta Devi's works in collaboration with Maria Federica Oddera. Her work Rajouri Remembered (2007), is a translation of oral history and documents from Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi, recounting the effects of the Partition of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. She has published in the field of Translating and Interpreting Studies. She is on the editorial board of Translation: A Transdisciplinary Journal, and of Saar Sansaar, dedicated to Hindi translations directly from foreign languages. Moitra Saraf has been a scholar under the Indo-Italian Cultural Exchange Program, Visiting Scholar under the Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrator Program, a Research Associate and Visiting Faculty at the NIDA School of Translation Studies. She received the Distinguished Teacher Award of the University of Delhi, the Amity Women Achiever in Education Award, the 27th Dr S. Radhakrishnan Memorial National Award for Teachers and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, for Lifelong Pursuit of Excellence.

Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction - Shormishtha Panja and Babli Moitra Saraf SHAKESPEARE AND INDIAN VISUAL CULTURE "To Confine the Illimitable": Visual and Verbal Narratives in Two Bengali Retellings of Shakespeare - Shormishtha Panja CONTEMPORARY SHAKESPEARE PERFORMANCE ON STAGE IN INDIA AND THE DIASPORA Urban Histories and Vernacular Shakespeares in Bengal: Kolkatar Hamlet, Hemlet and Hamlet 2011 - Paromita Chakravarti Shakespeare and the Re/vision of Indian Heritage in the Postcolonial British Context - Claire Cochrane Indian Shakespeare in the World Shakespeare Festival - Thea Buckley SHAKESPEARE AND INDIAN FILM The Othello-figure in Three Indian Films: Kaliyattam, Omkara and Saptapadi - Trisha Mitra Shakespeareana to Shakespeare Wallah: Selling or Doing Shakespeare in India - Paramita Dutta TRANSLATION AND ISSUES OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS IN REGIONAL SHAKESPEARES Mapping Shakespearean Translations in Indian Literatures - T S Satyanath "Murmuring Your Praise": Shakespearean Echoes in Early Bengali Drama - Sayantan Roy Moulick and Sandip Debnath A Future Without Shakespeare - Jatindra K Nayak IDENTITY AND THE POLITICS OF LANGUAGE Does Shakespeare's Text Even Matter? - Preti Taneja Utpal Dutt and Macbeth Translated - Naina Dey SHAKESPEARE AND INDIAN ICONS Tagore and Shakespeare: A Fraught Relationship - Radha Chakravarty Mapping Shakespeare and Kalidasa: Early Indian Translations - Himani Kapoor Glossary Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789351509745
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9789351509745
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 9351509745

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