From ‘Imitation’ to ‘Indigenization’: A Study of Shakespeare Performances in Colonial Calcutta

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Title: From ‘Imitation’ to ‘Indigenization’: A Study of Shakespeare Performances in Colonial Calcutta
Authors: Thakur, Vikram Singh
Keywords: Shakespeare, William | Theatre | Colonial Calcutta | Performances
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Citation: THAKUR, Vikram Singh. “From ‘Imitation’ to ‘Indigenization’: A Study of Shakespeare Performances in Colonial Calcutta”. Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses. No. 25 (2012). ISSN 0214-4808, pp. 193-208
Abstract: The plays of William Shakespeare have been performed all over the globe. This is particularly true of the erstwhile colonies of Britain and India is no exception. Along with other English playwrights, Shakespeare’s plays began to be performed in India during the eighteenth century by British officials for their entertainment. Educated Indians took these performances as a model to develop ‘modern’ Indian theatre. The present essay engages with Shakespeare production in colonial Calcutta, starting with Shakespeare performances in English before moving on to consider the later process of ‘indigenizing’ Shakespeare. The essay also proposes that Shakespeare production in Calcutta after the 1850s when Shakespeare’s plays moved out of the confines of schools and colleges has been governed by its own aesthetics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/27456 | http://dx.doi.org/10.14198/raei.2012.25.15
ISSN: 0214-4808 | 2171-861X (Internet)
DOI: 10.14198/raei.2012.25.15
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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