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Not-Feminism: A Discourse on the Politics of a Term in Modern Indian Theatre

Not-Feminism: A Discourse on the Politics of a Term in Modern Indian Theatre Abstract: When speaking and writing about their theatrical practice, many women working in modern Indian theatre reject the terminology and teleology of what they see as neoliberal feminism. Taking my cue from the thoughts and writings of the most well-known female directors, actors, and playwrights of post-independence Indian theatre, I argue that theatrical performance in modern India offers a unique vehicle for agency, authorship, and engaging with the challenging task of creating a discourse of women and women’s rights. Significantly, this discourse is formulated around the decolonial notion of not-feminism, rejecting Western feminism and in the very action of rejection creating its own space of future-oriented aesthetic articulation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Not-Feminism: A Discourse on the Politics of a Term in Modern Indian Theatre

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 32 (2) – Sep 14, 2015

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Abstract

Abstract: When speaking and writing about their theatrical practice, many women working in modern Indian theatre reject the terminology and teleology of what they see as neoliberal feminism. Taking my cue from the thoughts and writings of the most well-known female directors, actors, and playwrights of post-independence Indian theatre, I argue that theatrical performance in modern India offers a unique vehicle for agency, authorship, and engaging with the challenging task of creating a discourse of women and women’s rights. Significantly, this discourse is formulated around the decolonial notion of not-feminism, rejecting Western feminism and in the very action of rejection creating its own space of future-oriented aesthetic articulation.

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 14, 2015

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