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Hinduism and Hindi Theater

Hinduism and Hindi Theater Book
Author : Diana Dimitrova
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2016-08-18
ISBN : 1137599235
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book explores the representation of Hinduism through myth and discourse in urban Hindi theatre in the period 1880-1960. It discusses representative works of seven influential playwrights and looks into the ways they have imagined and re-imagined Hindu traditions. Diana Dimitrova examines the intersections of Hinduism and Hindi theatre, emphasizing the important role that both myth and discourse play in the representation of Hindu traditions in the works of Bharatendu Harishcandra, Jayshankar Prasad, Lakshminarayan Mishra, Jagdishcandra Mathur, Bhuvaneshvar, Upendranath Ashk, and Mohan Rakesh. Dimitrova’a analysis suggests either a traditionalist or a more modernist stance toward religious issues. She emphasizes the absence of Hindi-speaking authors who deal with issues implicit to the Muslim or Sikh or Jain, etc. traditions. This prompts her to suggest that Hindi theatre of the period 1880-1960, as represented in the works of the seven dramatists discussed, should be seen as truly ‘Hindu-Hindi’ theatre.

Gender Religion and Modern Hindi Drama

Gender  Religion  and Modern Hindi Drama Book
Author : Diana Dimitrova
Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Release : 2008
ISBN : 077357462X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"In Gender, Religion and Modern Hindi Drama Dimitrova studies the representation of gender and religion in Hindi drama from its beginnings in the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1960s." "Dimitrova focuses on how different religious and mythological models pertaining to women have been reworked in Hindi drama and on whether the dramatists discussed present conservative of liberating Hindu images of the feminine."--Résumé de l'éditeur.

The Other in South Asian Religion Literature and Film

The Other in South Asian Religion  Literature and Film Book
Author : Diana Dimitrova
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2014-01-10
ISBN : 1317937317
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book introduces the term "otherism" and looks at the discourse of otherism and the issue of otherness in South Asian religion, literature and film. It examines cultural questions related to the human condition of being the "other," of the process of "othering" and of the representation of "otherness" and its religious, cultural and ideological implications. The book applies the perspectives of ideological criticism, theories of hybridity, orientalism, nationalism, and gender and queer studies to gain new insights into the literature, film and culture of South Asia. It looks at the different ways of interpreting "otherness" today. The book goes on to analyze the ideological implications of the creation of "otherness" with regard to religious and cultural identity and the legitimation of power, as well as how the representation of "otherness" reflects the power structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Offering a well-thought-out reflection on important cultural questions as well as a deep insight into the study of religion and "otherness" in South Asian literature and film, this book is a pioneering project that is of interest to scholars of South Asian Studies and South Asian religions, literatures and cultures.

Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions

Rethinking the Body in South Asian Traditions Book
Author : Diana Dimitrova
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2020-12-16
ISBN : 1000257959
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book analyses cultural questions related to representations of the body in South Asian traditions, human perceptions and attitudes toward the body in religious and cultural contexts, as well as the processes of interpreting notions of the body in religious and literary texts. Utilising an interdisciplinary perspective by means of textual study and ideological analysis, anthropological analysis, and phenomenological analysis, the book explores both insider- and outsider perspectives and issues related to the body from the 2nd century CE up to the present-day. Chapters assess various aspects of the body including processes of embodiment and questions of mythologizing the divine body and othering the human body, as revealed in the literatures and cultures of South Asia. The book analyses notions of mythologizing and "othering" of the body as a powerful ideological discourse, which empowers or marginalizes at all levels of the human condition. Offering a deep insight into the study of religion and issues of the body in South Asian literature, religion and culture, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of South Asian studies, South Asian religions, South Asian literatures, cultural studies, philosophy and comparative literature.

Indian Literature and Popular Cinema

Indian Literature and Popular Cinema Book
Author : Heidi R.M. Pauwels
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2007-12-17
ISBN : 1134062559
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is about the popular cinema of North India ("Bollywood") and how it recasts literary classics. It addresses questions about the interface of film and literature, such as how Bollywood movies rework literary themes, offer different (broader or narrower) interpretations, shift plots, stories, and characters to accommodate the medium and the economics of the genre, sometimes even changing the way literature is read. This book addresses the socio-political implications of popular reinterpretations of "elite culture", exploring gender issues and the perceived "sexism" of the North Indian popular film and how that plays out when literature is reworked into film. Written by an international group of experts on Indian literature and film, the chapters in this book focus on these central questions, but also cover a wide range of literary works that have been adapted in film. Each part of the book discusses how a particular genre of literature has been "recast" into film. The individual chapters focus on comparisons and close studies of individual films or film songs inspired by "classics" of literature. The book will be of interest to those studying Indian film and literature and South Asian popular culture more generally.

Imagining Indianness

Imagining Indianness Book
Author : Diana Dimitrova,Thomas de Bruijn
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2017-02-08
ISBN : 3319410156
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book brings together several important essays examining the interface between identity, culture, and literature within the issue of cultural identity in South Asian literature. The book explores how one imagines national identity and how this concept is revealed in the narratives of the nation and the production of various cultural discourses. The collection of essays examines questions related to the interpretation of the Indian past and present, the meanings of ancient and venerated cultural symbols in ancient times and modern, while discussing the ideological implications of the interpretation of identity and “Indianness” and how they reflect and influence the power-structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Thus, the book studies the various aspects of the on-going process of constructing, imagining, re-imagining, and narrating “Indianness”, as revealed in the literatures and cultures of India.

Divinizing in South Asian Traditions

Divinizing in South Asian Traditions Book
Author : Diana Dimitrova,Tatiana Oranskaia
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2018-06-14
ISBN : 1351123602
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The issue of divinizing in South Asian traditions has not been examined before as a process involving various methods to affect the socio-cultural cognition of the community. It is therefore essential to consider the context of "divinizing" and to analyse what groups, institutions or individuals define the discourse, what are the ideological positions that they represent, and who or what is being divinized. This book deals with the issue of divinizing in South Asian traditions. It aims at studying cultural questions related to the representations and the mythologizing of the divine. It also explores the human relations to the "divine other." It studies the interpretations of the divine in religious texts and the embodiment of the "divine other" in ritual practices. The focus is on studying the phenomenon of divinizing in its religious, cultural, and ideological implications. The book comprises eight chapters that explore the question of divinizing from the 2nd century CE up to present-day in North and South India. The chapters discuss the issue both from insider and outsider perspectives, within the framework of textual study as well as ideological and anthropological analysis. All articles explore various aspects of the cultural phenomenon of being in relation to the divine other, of the process of interpreting and embodying the divine, and of the representation of the divinizing process, as revealed in the literatures and cultures of South Asia. Applying theoretical models of religious and cultural studies to discuss texts written in South Asian languages and engage in critical dialogue with current scholarship, this book is an indispensable study of literary, religious and cultural production in South Asia. It will be of interest to academics in the fields of South Asian studies, Asian Studies, religious and cultural studies as well as comparative religion.

Gender Religion and Modern Hindi Drama

Gender  Religion  and Modern Hindi Drama Book
Author : Diana Dimitrova
Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Release : 2008-03-19
ISBN : 0773577637
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Diana Dimitrova studies the representation of gender and religion in Hindi drama from its beginnings in the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1960s - the period when urban proscenium Hindi theatre, which originated under Western influence, matured and thrived. Her focus is on how different religious and mythological models pertaining to women have been reworked in Hindi drama and whether the seven representative dramatists discussed in this book present conservative or liberating Hindu images of the feminine. She examines how the intersections of gender, religion, and ideology account for the creation of the canon of modern Hindi drama, specifically the assertion of a conservative interpretation of orthodox Hindu images of the feminine as well as the exclusion of dramatists who introduce innovative liberating images of the feminine. The overt reason for the negative attitude toward this innovative representation of gender is that it is perceived as "Western" and thus "non-Indian." By contrast, the author's analysis of Hindu mythology, religion, and theatre history reveals that the new interpretation of gender is deeply embedded in Hindu tradition and is thus both Hindu Indian and modernist Western in character.

The Other in South Asian Religion Literature and Film

The Other in South Asian Religion  Literature and Film Book
Author : Diana Dimitrova
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2014-01-10
ISBN : 1317937325
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

This book introduces the term "otherism" and looks at the discourse of otherism and the issue of otherness in South Asian religion, literature and film. It examines cultural questions related to the human condition of being the "other," of the process of "othering" and of the representation of "otherness" and its religious, cultural and ideological implications. The book applies the perspectives of ideological criticism, theories of hybridity, orientalism, nationalism, and gender and queer studies to gain new insights into the literature, film and culture of South Asia. It looks at the different ways of interpreting "otherness" today. The book goes on to analyze the ideological implications of the creation of "otherness" with regard to religious and cultural identity and the legitimation of power, as well as how the representation of "otherness" reflects the power structures of contemporary societies in South Asia. Offering a well-thought-out reflection on important cultural questions as well as a deep insight into the study of religion and "otherness" in South Asian literature and film, this book is a pioneering project that is of interest to scholars of South Asian Studies and South Asian religions, literatures and cultures.

Hindi Literature in the Twentieth Century

Hindi Literature in the Twentieth Century Book
Author : Hans Peter Theodor Gaeffke,Peter Gaeffke
Publisher : Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
Release : 1978
ISBN : 9783447016148
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Hindi Literature in the Twentieth Century book written by Hans Peter Theodor Gaeffke,Peter Gaeffke, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Acts of Authority Acts of Resistance

Acts of Authority Acts of Resistance Book
Author : Nandi Bhatia
Publisher : University of Michigan Press
Release : 2010-02-01
ISBN : 0472024620
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Despite its importance to literary and cultural texts of resistance, theater has been largely overlooked as a field of analysis in colonial and postcolonial studies. Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance seeks to address that absence, as it uniquely views drama and performance as central to the practice of nationalism and anti-colonial resistance. Nandi Bhatia argues that Indian theater was a significant force in the struggle against oppressive colonial and postcolonial structures, as it sought to undo various schemes of political and cultural power through its engagement with subjects derived from mythology, history, and available colonial models such as Shakespeare. Bhatia's attention to local histories within a postcolonial framework places performance in a global and transcultural context. Drawing connections between art and politics, between performance and everyday experience, Bhatia shows how performance often intervened in political debates and even changed the course of politics. One of the first Western studies of Indian theater to link the aesthetics and the politics of that theater, Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance combines in-depth archival research with close readings of dramatic texts performed at critical moments in history. Each chapter amplifies its themes against the backdrop of specific social conditions as it examines particular dramatic productions, from The Indigo Mirror to adaptations of Shakespeare plays by Indian theater companies, illustrating the role of theater in bringing nationalist, anticolonial, and gendered struggles into the public sphere. Nandi Bhatia is Associate Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

India s Shakespeare

India s Shakespeare Book
Author : Poonam Trivedi,Dennis Bartholomeusz
Publisher : University of Delaware Press
Release : 2005
ISBN : 9780874138818
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

This is a collection on the diverse aspects of the interaction between Shakespeare and India, a process embedded in the contradictions of colonialism - of simultaneous submission and resistance. The essays, grouped around the key issues of translation, interpretation, and performance, deal with how the plays were taught, translated, and adapted, as well as the literary, social, and political implications of this absorption into the cultural fabric of India. They also look at the other side, what India meant to Shakespeare. Further, they document how the performance of Shakespeare both colonized and catalyzed Indian theater - being staged in English in schools, in translation in various parts of the country, through acculturation into indigenous theater forms and Hindi cinema. The book highlights, and thus rereads, not just one of the longest and most widespread interactions between a Western author and the East but also part of the colonial and postcolonial history of India. Poonam Trivedi is a Reader in English at Indraprastha College, University of Delhi. Now retired, Dennis Bartholomeusz was Reader in English literature at Monash University in Melbourne.

Studying Hinduism

Studying Hinduism Book
Author : Sushil Mittal,Gene Thursby
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2009-01-19
ISBN : 1134418299
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

This book is an indispensable resource for students and researchers wishing to develop a deeper understanding of one of the world's oldest and most multifaceted religious traditions. Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, leading scholars in the field, have brought together a rich variety of perspectives which reflect the current lively state of the field. Studying Hinduism is the result of cooperative work by accomplished specialists in several fields that include anthropology, art, comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology. Through these complementary and exciting approaches, students will gain a greater understanding of India's culture and traditions, to which Hinduism is integral. The book uses key critical terms and topics as points of entry into the subject, revealing that although Hinduism can be interpreted in sharply contrasting ways and set in widely varying contexts, it is endlessly fascinating and intriguing.

Theology and Literature Rethinking Reader Responsibility

Theology and Literature  Rethinking Reader Responsibility Book
Author : G. Ortiz,C. Joseph
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2006-05-12
ISBN : 1403982996
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

By examining theological and literary narratives through an engagement with well-known theorists of reading and religion, this collection of essays, international in perspective, brings together varied, refreshing and provocative responses to well-established literary and critical theories.

Global Modernists on Modernism

Global Modernists on Modernism Book
Author : Alys Moody,Stephen J. Ross
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Release : 2020-01-23
ISBN : 1474242332
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Bringing together works by writers from sub-Saharan Africa, Turkey, central Europe, the Muslim world, Asia, South America and Australia – many translated into English for the first time – this is the first collection of statements on modernism by writers, artists and practitioners from across the world. Annotated throughout, the texts are supported by critical essays from leading modernist scholars exploring major issues in the contemporary study of global modernism. Global Modernists on Modernism is an essential resource for students and scholars of modernism and world literature and one that opens up a dazzling new array of perspectives on the field.

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture Book
Author : John C. Lyden,Eric Michael Mazur
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2015-03-27
ISBN : 1317531051
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Religion and popular culture is a fast-growing field that spans a variety of disciplines. This volume offers the first real survey of the field to date and provides a guide for the work of future scholars. It explores: key issues of definition and of methodology religious encounters with popular culture across media, material culture and space, ranging from videogames and social networks to cooking and kitsch, architecture and national monuments representations of religious traditions in the media and popular culture, including important non-Western spheres such as Bollywood This Companion will serve as an enjoyable and informative resource for students and a stimulus to future scholarly work.

Acting

Acting Book
Author : Beth Osnes,Sam Gill
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2001-01-01
ISBN : 0874367956
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

A groundbreaking, cross-cultural reference work exploring the diversity of expression found in rituals, festivals, and performances, uncovering acting techniques and practices from around the world. * A–Z entries span every region of the world and cover diverse topics from Ireland's Abbey Theatre to China's Zhang Mu (rod-puppet theater) * Beautiful illustrations include masks used in classical Greek dramas, an advertisement for a performance of Punch and Judy, the humorous puppet characters, and photographs of actors, performances, and ceremonies from Monty Python to young Balinese dancers performing the Legong dance

Outside the Lettered City

Outside the Lettered City Book
Author : Manishita Dass
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 2015-11-02
ISBN : 0199394393
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Outside the Lettered City traces how middle-class Indians responded to the rise of the cinema as a popular form of mass entertainment in early 20th century India, focusing on their preoccupation with the mass public made visible by the cinema and with the cinema's role as a public sphere and a mass medium of modernity. It draws on archival research to uncover aspirations and anxieties about the new medium, which opened up tantalizing possibilities for nationalist mobilization on the one hand, and troubling challenges to the cultural authority of Indian elites on the other. Using case-studies drawn from the film cultures of Bombay and Kolkata, it demonstrates how discourses about the cinematic public dovetailed into discourses about a national public, giving rise to considerable excitement about cinema's potential to democratize the public sphere beyond the limits of print-literate culture, as well as to deepening anxieties about cultural degeneration. The case-studies also reveal that early twentieth century discourses about the cinema contain traces of a formative tension in Indian public culture, between visions of a deliberative public and spectres of the unruly masses.

An Introduction to Post Colonial Theatre

An Introduction to Post Colonial Theatre Book
Author : Brian Crow,Chris Banfield
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 1996-03-21
ISBN : 9780521567220
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

This text provides an introduction to post-colonial theater by concentrating on the work of major dramatists from the third world and subordinated cultures in the first world. Each chapter contains an informative list of primary source material and further reading about the dramatists.

Toward Cinema and Its Double

Toward Cinema and Its Double Book
Author : Laleen Jayamanne
Publisher : Indiana University Press
Release : 2001
ISBN : 9780253339829
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Jayamanne brings together her discussions of Australian films, Sri Lankan films, European art films, silent film comedy, contemporary American films and her own films.