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Engendering Performance

Indian Women Performers in Search of an Identity

Engendering Performance by Bishnupriya Dutt
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This book is a comprehensive critical history of women artistes in Indian theatre and dance of the colonial and post-colonial periods. Its underlying premise is that one cannot evaluate such performances in the Indian context without looking at dance and theatre together, unlike the course taken by traditional scholarship. The author weaves together issues of sexuality and colonialism, and culture and society to provide a holistic account of women performers in India.

The distinguishing features of this book are: a close reading of archival materials, field surveys and extensive interviews that provide new information and insights. The book is divided into two sections, on the Actress and on the Danseuse, and displays how the two evolved in different ways. In doing this, it explores the theme of identity and body politics, while simultaneously balancing a historical narrative with emphasis on crucial individual topics.

The book adopts a pluralistic approach combining history, economics, cultural studies, popular culture, anthropology, ethnography and feminist criticism. Archival photographs—some of which have never been published before—make it a collector’s item.

SAGE India; August 2010
326 pages; ISBN 9788132106128
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Title: Engendering Performance
Author: Bishnupriya Dutt; Urmimala Sarkar Munsi
 
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The book is a comprehensive critical history of women performers in Indian theatre and dance of the colonial and postcolonial periods. Its underlying premise is that one cannot evaluate performance in the Indian context without looking at dance and theatre together, unlike the course taken by traditional scholarship. Issues of sexuality and colonialism, and culture and society come together in this study to provide a holistic account of women performers in India. New information and insights have been provided in the discourse by a close reading of archival materials, field surveys and extensive interviews, which are the distinguishing features of this book. The book is divided into two sections. The first one is on the Actress, while the second is on the Danseuse in the Indian context. Although linked by the common trajectory of having been part of the same history, society and culture, they emerge as having evolved in different ways as they encountered some common but many unique situations. In trying to balance a historical narrative with emphasis on crucial individual topics, the book explores the theme of identity and body politics.It demands a pluralistic approach combining history, economics, cultural studies, popular culture, anthropology, ethnography and feminist criticism. It will be a rich resource for professionals, scholars and students specializing in performing arts, cultural studies, gender studies and history. Archival photographs - some of which have never been published before - make this book a collector's item.
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8132106121
9788132104568
9788132106128