Show simple item record Seizer, Susan 2017-11-27T18:54:50Z 2017-11-27T18:54:50Z 2016-07
dc.identifier.citation Seizer, Susan. "Heredity Abandoned, and Kannagi's Courageous Decision to Act in Special Drama." Samyukta 16.2 (2016): 178-205. en
dc.description publisher's final version, originally in Vol. XVI, No. 2 of Samyukta. en
dc.description.abstract Women artists have performed in the Tamil theatre genre known as Special Drama since the early twentieth century, though they have been highly stigmatized for their participation. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with Special Drama artists in the early 1990s, I returned in 2014- 2015 to conduct a follow- up study on the subsequent generations of drama family lineages. I became increasingly concerned – largely because this proved a primary concern of the artists themselves – with problems posed by the lack of any established route for the cultural transmission of knowledge of this field. In this essay I document one hereditary acting family lineage in which the stigma on stage actresses has resulted in a silencing of family history. I discuss Special Drama artists’ ideas for how to encourage subsequent generations to take up this profession, and how my own presence and support contributed to their efforts to repatriate the artistic tradition. I focus specifically on the courageous decision of one young woman, a member of the fifth generation in the hereditary acting lineage I document, to buck the trend of her generation and become a dramatic Heroine even in the face of the globalizing social and economic climate of contemporary India. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Samyukta: A Journal of Gender & Culture en
dc.subject Tamil theatre en
dc.subject Special Drama en
dc.title Heredity Abandoned, and Kannagi's Courageous Decision to Act in Special Drama en
dc.type Article en

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