Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror: Political Satire in a Permitted Space Ranjini Obeyesekere

ISBN: 9780761993018

Published: June 1st 1999

Hardcover

212 pages


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Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror: Political Satire in a Permitted Space  by  Ranjini Obeyesekere

Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror: Political Satire in a Permitted Space by Ranjini Obeyesekere
June 1st 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 212 pages | ISBN: 9780761993018 | 8.47 Mb

This book deals with the role of theater in Sri Lanka during the decade of the 1980s, a period of intense political violence and anomie which was known locally as bhisana kalaya, or the time of terror. Yet even as an authoritarian government andMoreThis book deals with the role of theater in Sri Lanka during the decade of the 1980s, a period of intense political violence and anomie which was known locally as bhisana kalaya, or the time of terror. Yet even as an authoritarian government and antigovernment terrorist groups held the civilian population to ransom, theater was paradoxically permitted a great degree of freedom.

Audiences flocked to theaters to see and hear satire, political innuendo, and open criticism of what was going on in society. In trying to understand this tolerance of criticism in the theater as opposed to other arenas, Ranjini Obeyesekere links it to the long tradition of satire in folk and ritual performances. She also explores the impact of Buddhism on the larger culture, which resulted in the rapid and early spread of literacy.

This, together with the Buddhist tradition of skepticism and its space for questioning, created a critical attitude towards authority figures. In conclusion, the author sees todays highly politicized Sri Lankan society as a natural development of sociocultural forces that have a long history.

A most unusual and absorbing book.



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