Damage or Pleasure? Teaching Shakespeare as a British Indian in the US
- Sujata Iyengar (see profile)
- Adaptation Studies, LLC Shakespeare, LLC South Asian and South Asian Diasporic
- Education--British colonies, British Occupation of India (India , Postcolonialism, Souls of Black folk (Du Bois, W. E. B.), Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Indigenous peoples--Education, Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron, 1800-1859, Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881, Hindu mythology
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- Text of a talk delivered remotely to Seshadripuram Evening Degree College to commemorate their Golden Jubilee in July 2022. Not peer-reviewed. Discusses, in memoiristic fashion, Tripthi Pillai's coinage "Shakespeare Damage" -- the initial encounter of many minoritized or colonized subjects (including LGBTQ+ persons) with Shakespeare-- and considers how some such subjects often nonetheless find something capacious and accommodating within these texts and, moreover, can identify "against-the-grain" readings that turn out to contain unexpected historical truths.
- I have often told these stories orally; some are set to appear in print as part of a forthcoming interview. Since these are my stories, I'm reserving all rights, but feel free to write to me for permission to reproduce.
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