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Entertaining subalternity: The performance of nation and the politics of Indian classical dance.
Thobani, Sitara.
imprint
2008.
description
111 leaves.
ISBN
9780494452349
format(s)
Microform, Thesis
Holdings
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imprint
2008.
isbn
9780494452349
restrictions
Electronic version licensed for access by U. of T. users.
dissertation note
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Toronto, 2008.
general note
Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 47-03, page: 1434.
local note
ROBARTS MICROTEXT copy on microfiche.
abstract
The critical gaze of Victorian morality and colonial bureaucracy affected many of India's cultural and artistic practices, including dance. As a result, reconstructing 'lost' art forms and invoking the 'real' traditions of pre-colonial India were central to nationalist movements rallying for political independence. However, in reconstructing the dance, elite artists largely ignored the lives of the actual women who practiced it. This contradictory appeal to a sanitised 'glorious past' has had significant impact on historical and contemporary representations of Indian dancers. This thesis examines questions of nationalism, citizenship, gender, subjectivity and power through a study of Indian classical dance to interrogate the tradition/modernity binary vital to colonialism and subsequently multiculturalism. I argue that the interconnected ways in which dancers were/are imagined through colonial, nationalist and contemporary multicultural discourses have shaped race and gender relations alongside notions of national belonging in the larger and related contexts of postcolonialism and multiculturalism.
catalogue key
6984872

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