First Post: My Research on Postcolonial Theatre

“Nominally independent”  countries like India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are still susceptible to neocolonial coercion of “Rich /Powerful” countries such as America and China. In the guise of peace, financial aid and international laws, these rich countries  intervene in the socio-political  sites of these postcolonial countries. Through this intervention, they attempt to exercise  power over the bodies of these postcolonial populations: they subjugate these bodies and attempt to regulate  these populations in a subtle and remote manner.

Organ trafficking is just one instance for exercising power over bodies: a recent advertisement reads ” DONATE A KIDNEY , BUY THE NEW iPod” .  Seduction and technology as weapons? Surrogate mothers  are mushrooming from India  for the “conveniences ” of some westerners. Financial aid?

Postcolonial theatre explores these issues metaphorically on the stage, and my attempt as a PhD student is to research how postcolonial drama  addresses such powers in terms of postcolonial concepts and theatrical contexts.

About Chitra Jayathilake

Chitra Jayathilake Dept. of English, Keele University, United Kingdom I am a PhD student in English. My study focusses on Postcolonial Theatre in English. It explores how human body is manipulated on the stage as resistance to colonial and neo-colonial coercion. I am also interested in teaching English as a Second Language.

2 Responses to First Post: My Research on Postcolonial Theatre

  1. Very good to read your first post, Chitra. Hopefully you’ll keep sharing your experiences doing your research. Sounds very interesting.

    • Chitra Jayathilake says:

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