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"From the Farthest Steep of India"

Alternative title
Shakespeare in India
Synopsis
Podcast from the Folger Shakespeare Library. What impact has Shakespeare’s writing had on Indian theatre? And, how has Indian theatre shaped and altered Shakespeare’s work? Shakespeare’s interaction with India came in the context of India’s experience with British colonisation and colonialism. In 1600, Queen Elizabeth I gave a charter to the East India Company to trade with the Shahs, emperors and Maratha princes who’d ruled the subcontinent for the previous century. Over the 150 years that followed, the East India Company transitioned from being merchant traders into a kind of quasi-government. After Indians rebelled in 1857, Queen Victoria closed down the East India Company and ruled India directly as a British colony. During the run-up to the rebellion, English had become India’s language of instruction. Among the Indian elite, you needed to know Shakespeare in order to appear truly educated.
In this podcast episode, Barbara Bogaev interviews Jyotsna Singh, Professor of English at Michigan State University, and Modhumita Roy, Associate Professor of English at Tufts.
Series
Shakespeare Unlimited
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Recording date
27 Jan 2016
Duration
16 mins

Credits

Producer
Richard Paul
Contributor
Barbara Bogaev; Jyotsna Singh; Modhumita Roy

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
India; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Colonialism

Notes

Notes
Podcast: http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited-episode-40 (accessed 1/2016).

Production Company

Name

R.L. Paul Productions

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