Stigmas Of The Tamil Stage: An Ethnography Of Special Drama Artists In South India
Автор: Susan Seizer
Год издания: 2005Количество страниц: 440
Special Drama is looked down upon by middle- and upper-class Indians as too popular, too vulgar, and too"mixed." The artists are intensely stigmatized: people insult them in public and landlords refuse to rent to them. The stigma falls most heavily, however, on actresses, who are marked as "public women" by their participation in Special Drama. As Seizers sensitive study shows, one of the primary ways the performers deal with such stigma is through humor and linguistic play. Their comedic performances in particular directly address questions of class, culture, and gender deviationsthe very issues that so stigmatize them. Seizer draws on extensive interviews with performers, sponsors, audience members, and drama agents as well as on more than one hundred viewings of live Special Drama performances in considering the complexities of performers lives both on and off stage.
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