Centering the Margins
Essays on the Plays of Mahesh Dattani

Angelie Multani


"Angelie Multani's eagerly awaited book on Mahesh Dattani focuses on three interrelated themes that are central to his oeuvre - Gender, Gay Desire, and Memory. Multani reads Dattani's plays from these three perspectives to show us the various layers of his plays, taking care to see the works as pieces of theatre as much as dramatic texts to be read. As one of our most insightful critics of theatre in India and the leading scholar on Dattani, Multani places Dattani in the history of Indian English theatre in her introduction to the book while bringing out his literary and theatrical significance, his craft, and his impact. The book gives us the essential Dattani, and is a masterly introduction to his plays, one which will influence all further scholarship on this most important of our contemporary Indian English playwrights."

GJV Prasad

Contents:Acknowledgement, Introduction-Leading up to the Dattani Decades, Gender Roles in the Plays, The Representation of Gay Desire, Memory, Bibliography

Angelie Multani is currently Associate Professor of Literature at the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She wrote her Ph.D. on the politics of performance and production of English Language Theatre in India from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interests include Indian Theatre in English, Fiction and Cultural Studies.

ISBN 978-93-82178-27-9             2018      120 pages      Rs. 400 (hb)