Popular Theatres and Knowledge Production in Colonial India
An analysis of Orientalist and nationalist scholarship in six influential monographs on Indian theatre reveals the shifting ideological biases that shaped this colonial knowledge
||Theatre, Drama, Colonial India, Popular Theatre, Vernacular Theatre, Sanskrit Theatre, Modern Indian Theatre, Ram Lila, Knowledge, Scholarship, Indology, Orientalist, Nationalist, History
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 8, pp.147-170.
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Dr. Rakesh H. Solomon teaches in the Department of Theatre and Drama as well as the Department of Comparative Literature, the India Studies Program, and the Cultural Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. He specializes in two main areas: Indian theatre and American theatre. His other research interests are theatre historiography and contemporary British theatre. He has published on all these subjects in such scholarly journals as “Theatre Journal”, “Theatre Survey”, “TDR: The Drama Review, Journal of Performance Studies”, “Theatre Research International”, “American Drama”, “Religion and Theatre”, and “Forum for Modern Language Studies”. He has also published in several collections of essays, including “Cambridge Companion to Edward Albee” (Cambridge University Press), “Edward Albee: A Casebook” (Routledge), “Alan Ayckbourn: A Casebook” (Garland), “Reader's Guide to Literature in English” (Fitzroy Dearborn), “Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories” (University of Iowa Press), and “Comparative Literature Now: Theories and Practice / La Littérature comparée à l'heure actuelle. Théories et realization” (Honore Champion). He is the author of “Albee in Performance: The Playwright as Director”, forthcoming from Indiana University Press, and a past editor of the journal “South Asian Review”. He is currently completing a book entitled “Culture, Politics, and Performance in Colonial India, 1753-1947”. His research has been funded by senior fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has served as an evaluator for the Arts and Humanities Research Board (UK), “Theatre Research International”, “Theatre Journal”, and “PMLA”. He has also served as chair or member of the nominating committees of the American Society for Theatre Research and the American Theatre and Drama Society and on the Executive Boards of the Association for Asian Performance, South Asian Literary Association, and the American Theatre and Drama Society.
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