Cultural Imperialism and Intercultural Encounter in Merchant Ivory's Shakespeare Wallah

  title={Cultural Imperialism and Intercultural Encounter in Merchant Ivory's Shakespeare Wallah},
  author={Dan Venning},
  journal={Asian Theatre Journal},
  pages={149 - 167}
  • Dan Venning
  • Published 22 March 2011
  • History
  • Asian Theatre Journal
The 1965 Merchant Ivory Productions film Shakespeare Wallah depicts a British theatrical troupe performing Shakespeare in post-independence India. Although the film situates the viewer's sympathy with the British members of the troupe, the filmmakers also present the troupe ironically, showing how they are floundering and nostalgic in the face of a liberated India. The film is made more complex by the fact that the actors playing the central roles were themselves members of the Shakespeareana… 

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