Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: NeMLA 51st Annual Convention
This panel explores past and current South Asian cinema's use of Shakespearean drama to respond to three questions. First, to what extent are South Asian filmmakers concerned with reenacting the Western dramatic canon? Second, at what point and why do South Asian filmmakers use Shakespeare as a springboard to problems that are only tangentially Shakespeare's? Third, do South Asian filmmakers use Shakespeare as a way of representing and communicating deep issues in South Asian or global culture that require a persona that is well known and generally accepted by the public?