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Title:Subverting Identity After 1994: The South African Indian Woman as Playwright
Author:Govender, Krijay
Year:2001
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Issue:49
Pages:33-43
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:immigrants
Indians
women migrants
theatre
drama
literature
Education and Training
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10130950.2001.9675970
Abstract:Black women are marginalized by race, class and sex. South African Indian women also encounter marginalization perpetuated by a constructed sense of not belonging to South Africa. This is primarily a result of the apartheid legacy. The cultural and political identity of the South African Indian woman is also situated within the structure of patriarchy and carries gendered ideological constructions. South African Indian theatre has been defined as a public endeavour and with the exception of a few Indian women it has been dominated by the Indian male voice. The author investigates representations of South African Indian women in theatre. She uses South African women playwrights like Nadine Naidoo and Devi Sarinjeive and their plays ('Nadia' and 'Acts of God', respectively) to show how they respond in their own work to the often demeaning ways in which South African Indian men playwrights have represented women in their plays. What playwriting and theatre offer South African Indian women is the opportunity to reclaim the right to name their own experience and, in doing so, construct their own identities. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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