In the name of of Allah the Merciful

Gendered Identity and the Lost Female: Hybridity as a Partial Experience in the Anglophone Caribbean Performances

Shrabani Basu, 9811949662, 978-9811949661, 9789811949661, B0BCPBNZ6L, 978-981-19-4967-8, 978-981-19-4966-1

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English | 2022 | PDF

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This book offers an exploration of the postcolonial hybrid experience in anglophone Caribbean plays and performance from a feminist perspective.

In a hitherto unattempted consideration of Caribbean theatre and performance, this study of gendered identities chronicles the postcolonial hybrid experience – and how it varies in the context of questions of sex, performance and social designation. In the process, it examines the diverse performances of the anglophone Caribbean. The work includes works by Caribbean anglophone playwrights like Derek Walcott, Mustapha Matura, Michael Gikes, Dennis Scott, Trevor Rhone, Earl Lovelace and Errol John with more recent works of Pat Cumper, Rawle Gibbons and Tony Hall. The study would also engage with Carnival, calypso and chutney music, while commenting on its evolving influences over the hybrid imagination.

Each section covers the dominant socio-political thematics associated with the tradition and its effect on it, followed by an analysis of contemporaneously significant literary and cultural works – plays, carnival narrative and calypso and chutney lyrics as well as the experiences of performers. From Lovelace’s fictional Jestina to the real-life Drupatee, the book critically explores the marginalization of female performances while forming a hybrid identity.