Nation & Writing: Using the National Allegory in Playwriting

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13 August 2021 | 7:00 - 9:00pm
14 August 2021 | 3:00 - 5:00pm
Co-Lab Residency
Hemang Yadav

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Registration ends 12 August 2021 1200hrs. 


When Frederic Jameson came up with the notion that all third-world literature was a ‘national allegory’ he created a furore amongst third-world writers and critics. At the same time, many writers embraced this concept as a very useful reading strategy that allows for interrogating the effects of nation-building and overcoming the ‘crippling habits of colonialism’. This workshop explores how this concept can be usefully employed or subverted to create new play scripts. The workshop will use Haresh Sharma’s Model Citizens as an important case study of a play that (consciously) uses and perhaps deconstructs the national allegory. Through the workshop, participants should gain a greater consciousness of the ubiquitous and insidious presence of the national allegory in numerous local plays. This consciousness should provide them with a tool for coming up with plots and characters who can both exemplify the effects of nation-building and maintenance of national identity as well as question, deconstruct and subvert them.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Dates: 13 & 14 August 2021, Online Via Zoom

  • 13 August 2021 (Fri), 7pm – 9pm
    Part 1: Lecture on the National Allegory & Question and Answer
  • 14 August 2021 (Sat), 3pm – 5pm
    Part 2: Hands-on Activities, Writing and Discussion

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