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Pakistani Theatre As Theatre of Prophecy

Pakistani theatre has always been viewed as a source of slapstick entertainment. However, it has much more to offer. My research focuses on different facets of Pakistani Theatre to highlight the dramatic and prophetic aspects in a completely new light. In this study, one play from each decade, from the 1940's onwards have been analyzed. This is a detailed study of Pakistani Drama. The concept of Theatre of Prophecy has been discussed in a new way that is completely suited for Pakistan, while terms such as "Godot cycle" have been introduced, and older, forgotten terms, such as Vates, have been revived. In literary terms, critical and academic analysis were not really attempted, now or in the past. This field of study is new and unexplored. Theatre of Prophecy as an academic genre can contribute significantly to the field of literary criticism of Pakistani plays.

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Theatre of Taboo: A Study of Social taboos of South East Asia

This book explores South East Asian social taboos through plays written by Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi writers on themes of honour killings, exploitation of blasphemy laws, female infanticide, homosexuality, prostitution and sex trade. The study propounds the need of theatre as a platform to elucidate the importance of taboos as part of the inherent societal culture. The work is structured to show each taboo in geographically divided format in a single section and at length talks about connecting taboos.

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A Cartographic Journey of Race, Gender and Power: Global Identity

This book locates spatial dimensions possible for a global identity, while incorporating the presence of collaborative and contentious religious, psycho-social, and physical borders. It highlights the significance of space in the construction of racial, gender, religious, and cultural idiosyncrasies where private and public space projects the power mechanisms which allocate borders. The literary narratives discussed in this collection project a trajectory of voices of the East and West, male and female, crossing boundaries between identity, race, gender, and class. The book posits that spatial borders are social constructs to propagate the power mechanisms of hierarchical structures, defying imbrications, explored here, which may be used to reflect diversity as a model for global space. These explorations are journeys back and forth in time and space towards hierarchies formed through the imposition of borders defining race, gender and power which may be considered 'post' in the postmodern, postcolonial, post 9/11, post-secular and postfeminist senses.



Graduate Seminar at Forman Christian College University 

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United States Educational Foundation In Pakistan


Iqbal Academy Pakistan Ministry Of Culture

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