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Transnational Theatre Histories

The Colonial Public and the Parsi Stage

The Making of the Theatre of Empire (1853-1893)

Authors: Nicholson, Rashna Darius

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  • The first comprehensive study of the Parsi theatre
  • Studies not only Parsi theatre, but also a meta-theatre of imperialism and nationalism
  • Presents an interdisciplinary approach which will be of interest to scholars of cultural history, gender studies, Victorian studies, colonialism, and theatre.
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About this book

The Colonial Public and the Parsi Stage is the first comprehensive study of the Parsi theatre, colonial South and Southeast Asia’s most influential cultural phenomenon and the precursor of the Indian cinema industry. By providing extensive, unpublished information on its first actors, audiences, production methods, and plays, this book traces how the theatre—which was one of the first in the Indian subcontinent to adopt European stagecraft—transformed into a pan-Asian entertainment industry in the second half of the nineteenth century. Nicholson sheds light on the motivations that led to the development of the popular, commercial theatre movement in Asia through three areas of investigation: the vernacular public sphere, the emergence of competing visions of nationhood, and the narratological function that women served within a continually shifting socio-political order. The book will be of interest to scholars across several disciplines, including cultural history, gender studies, Victorian studies, the sociology of religion, colonialism, and theatre.


About the authors

Rashna Darius Nicholson is Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Hong Kong. She has published works on colonial and postcolonial South Asian performance, theatre historiography, and cultural development.

Reviews

“Working against the grain of the pan-Indian generalities and unproblematized pluralism of the Parsi theatre, Rashna Nicholson focuses on fiery debates in the public sphere around Parsi theatre – debates relating to Aryanism, Darwinism, communal violence, masculinity, and pure and impure blood, pan-Zoroastrianism, and conflicting positions on the critical question, ‘Are Parsis Indian?’ With historiographical rigor and an unsentimental reading of community, Nicholson has written a book that could be regarded as an eye-opener for both performance and social historians.” (– Rustom Bharucha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi).

“This window into colonial history combines archival detail with theoretical sophistication. The Parsis emerge from Nicholson’s account as entrepreneurs but also myth-makers, helping create a non-Western public sphere packed with enchantment, battling conflicting forms of nationalism, and English hypocrisy.” (– David Wiles, University of Exeter).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-65836-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Colonial Public and the Parsi Stage
Book Subtitle
The Making of the Theatre of Empire (1853-1893)
Authors
Series Title
Transnational Theatre Histories
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-65836-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-65836-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-65835-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 328
Number of Illustrations
26 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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