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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Performance, Male Gaze and Women’s Space: A Study on Female Representation in Theatrical Space
Ms. Rachana Pandey, 
Senior Research Fellow, 
Department of English, 
Banaras Hindu University, 
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Knowledge is governed by those who are in power, asserts Foucault. Knowledge is constructed and contextualized, not natural and universal. Fields of writing are not untouched by the hierarchy and domination. Theatre has remained a field where female characters are written about, presented and performed also by male writers/directors/artists in majority and it is still in trend found in many of the Indian folk forms. Women playwrights have also not been given adequate critical attention in the established literary canons, either in past or in present era. The present paper aims to explore the presence of women in the tradition of Indian English theatre and also to find out the reasons behind the underestimated position of women in theatre in general.
Feminist Theatre; Male Gaze; Public/Private Space.
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