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Bollywood Shakespeares uses the latest theories in postcolonialism, globalization, and post-nationalism to explore how world cinema and theater respond to Bollywood's representation of Shakespeare. The essays examine how Shakespeare has been reproduced and reimagined in a global context through the use of Bollywood imagery, conventions, and styles. This portrayal of Shakespeare is called "crosshatched Shakespeare" - where Shakespeare is both part of an elite Western tradition and a window into a new, vibrant post-national identity founded by a global consumer culture.


Description

Bollywood Shakespeares uses the latest theories in postcolonialism, globalization, and post-nationalism to explore how world cinema and theater respond to Bollywood's representation of Shakespeare. The essays examine how Shakespeare has been reproduced and reimagined in a global context through the use of Bollywood imagery, conventions, and styles. This portrayal of Shakespeare is called "crosshatched Shakespeare" - where Shakespeare is both part of an elite Western tradition and a window into a new, vibrant post-national identity founded by a global consumer culture.


Reviews

"Shakespeare came to India during the British empire on the project of the 'civilizing mission.' Bollywood Shakespeares compellingly brings to life appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare as a window into hybrid, post-national identities emerging from a global consumer culture in India today. In a theoretically nuanced framing argument, Dionne and Kapadia explore the interface between Shakespeare's theatre and the global stage of Bollywood cinema, while the ensuing essays examine in rich detail how Bollywood "uses" Shakespeare to represent and examine modern Indian life. Bollywood Shakespeares is an important and timely study into the politics of global culture and of the place of Shakespeare within it." - Jyotsna G. Singh, Professor of English, Michigan State University, USA

"This edited collection traces the historical origins of Bollywood's engagement with the Bard to Parsi theater, provides nuanced readings of well-established films (such as Shakespeare Wallah), and introduces readers to some less familiar ones (such as The Last Lear). Collectively, the essays in Bollywood Shakespeares demonstrate how both terms in the book's title are complicated and unsettled by their interaction. The volume also makes a significant contribution to theoretical discussion of the relationship between Shakespearean appropriation/adaptation and the rapidly changing field of Global Shakespeare." - Christy Desmet, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, University of Georgia, USA


Contents

Introduction: Shakespeare and Bollywood: the Difference a World Makes; Craig Dionne and Parmita Kapadia
PART I: BOLLYWOOD'S DEBT TO THE THEATER: AESTHETIC AND CULTURAL MULTIVALENCY
1. Parsi Shakespeare: The Precursor to 'Bollywood Shakespeare'; Vikram Singh Thakur
2. Bollywood Battles the Bard: The Evolving Relationship Between Film and Theater in Shakespeare Wallah; Parmita Kapadia
PART II: SHAKESPEARE'S LOCAL FACE: USING SHAKESPEARE TO REARTICULATE INDIAN IDENTITIES
3. The Ambiguities of Bollywood Conventions and the Reading of Transnationalism in Vishal Bhardwaj's Maqbool; Rosa María García Periago
4. No Country For Young Women: Empowering Emilia in Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara; Mike Heidenberg
5. The Global as Local / Othello as Omkara; Brinda Charry and Gitanjali Shahani
PART III: BOLLYWOOD'S CULTURAL CAPITAL: BOLLYWOOD SELLS SHAKESPEARE
6. Interrogating 'Bollywood Shakespeare': Reading Rituporno Ghosh's The Last Lear; Paromita Chakravarti
7. The Sounds of India in Supple's Twelfth Night; Kendra Preston Leonard
8. Comedies of Errors: Shakespeare, Indian Cinema, and The Poetics of Mistaken Identity; Richard Allen
Afterword: Shakespeare and Bollywood


Authors

Craig Dionne is Professor of Literary and Cultural Theory at Eastern Michigan University, USA. He has co-edited Disciplining English: Alternative Perspectives Critical Perspectives, Rogues and Early Modern English Culture, and Native Shakespeares: Indigenous Appropriations on a Global Stage.

Parmita Kapadia is Associate Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, USA. She has co-edited Native Shakespeares and Transforming Diaspora. Her current project focuses on immigrant women and the South Asian diaspora.