Volume 20 No 22 (2022)
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The Aboriginal Theater, a Site for Resistance and Representation
Dr. Sarangadhar Baral & Dr. M.C. Lalthazuali
The Aboriginal playwrights used theatre to bring out their stories of personal or historical experience of indigenous life, predominantly verbatim, biographical and autobiographical, taken from real stories. The resistance to white oppression and representation of indigenous people is shown in many forms in their writings, which have sound postcolonial perspectives. In the Aboriginal drama, the Aboriginal playwrights have re-appropriated prevailing stereotypes about the Aboriginal people in their scripts and performances, deploying these to make apparent the colonial assumptions held by the colonizers. The playwrights such as Jack Davis, Jane Harrison and Leah Purcell share a common theme i.e., the Aboriginal experience in the white dominant society. They depict the historical displacement of the Aborigines and their associated loss of identity as a consequence of more than two centuries of colonization. But while Aboriginal playwrights detail the catastrophic effects for indigenous peoples engineered by the Europeans of Australia, they often propose methods of deconstructing Eurocentric epistemological systems. They have reconceptualized place and space in order to undermine the imposed legitimacy of the West and reinforced the other(ed) version of history.
Aboriginal, Stereotypes, Stolen Generation, Resistance, Recovery,
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