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Agency Under Networks

Esha Niyogi De

in Empire, Media, and the Autonomous Woman

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072553
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072553.003.0004
Agency Under Networks

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This chapter gives an in-depth look at the feminist dance theatre of Manjusri Chaki-Sircar and Ranjabati Sircar. Besides, it determines how this minimal norm of feminist temporal agency is being further explored by Aparna Sen in her films. It reveals the twofold struggle of feminist activists, which is found under the practical conditions of contemporary capitalism. Furthermore, the chapter studies the Indian visual perspective and the ways feminist visual/performative texts are trying to break out from a secular gaze on women's autonomy. A juxtaposition of the performance art of Manjusri Chaki-Sircar and Ranjabati Sircar with the cinema of Aparna Sen is presented as well. These works suggest how the activists continue to reprise ethical autonomies in neoliberal India.

Keywords: feminist dance theatre; Manjusri Chaki-Sircar; Ranjabati Sircar; feminist temporal agency; Aparna Sen; struggle of feminist activists; contemporary capitalism; Indian visual perspective; feminist visual/performative texts

Chapter.  17261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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