Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre by Jerri Daboo (review)

Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre by Jerri Daboo... BOOK REVIEWS 253 STAGING BRITISH SOUTH ASIAN CULTURE: BOLLYWOOD AND BHANGRA IN BRITISH THEATRE. By Jerri Daboo. London: Routledge, 2017. Paperback, $31.96. Jeri Daboo’s text Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre introduces its reader to the practice of analyzing culture in diasporic performance through the lens of South Asian culture on the British stage. The constant flux of cultural identity renders the process of analysis difficult in any context; however, when encountering a displaced or translated culture that fluctuation is thrown into sharp relief. In her introductory chapter Daboo clearly articulates the complex cultural and geographical translations associated with historical and contemporary England, and then applies that history to the staging of the South Asian diaspora in Britain. She chooses a representative sample of theatrical productions (along with a few notable television programs) and explores the ways in which British South Asian culture and identity were staged over the past few decades. As well as being a genuinely enjoyable read, this book represents a valuable contribution to the fields of South Asian, British, and diaspora studies. Daboo’s text opens by examining the three major components of her argument in her first chapter: “Bollywood, Bhangra, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre by Jerri Daboo (review)

Asian Theatre Journal, Volume 36 (1) – Mar 13, 2019

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Abstract

BOOK REVIEWS 253 STAGING BRITISH SOUTH ASIAN CULTURE: BOLLYWOOD AND BHANGRA IN BRITISH THEATRE. By Jerri Daboo. London: Routledge, 2017. Paperback, $31.96. Jeri Daboo’s text Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre introduces its reader to the practice of analyzing culture in diasporic performance through the lens of South Asian culture on the British stage. The constant flux of cultural identity renders the process of analysis difficult in any context; however, when encountering a displaced or translated culture that fluctuation is thrown into sharp relief. In her introductory chapter Daboo clearly articulates the complex cultural and geographical translations associated with historical and contemporary England, and then applies that history to the staging of the South Asian diaspora in Britain. She chooses a representative sample of theatrical productions (along with a few notable television programs) and explores the ways in which British South Asian culture and identity were staged over the past few decades. As well as being a genuinely enjoyable read, this book represents a valuable contribution to the fields of South Asian, British, and diaspora studies. Daboo’s text opens by examining the three major components of her argument in her first chapter: “Bollywood, Bhangra,

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