“Go back to India if you hate my people so much”: Consequences of Troubling the “Canon” in American Academia
Contribution to a Book
Film and Theatre
Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US
Lindsey Mantoan, Matthew Moore, and Angela Farr Schiller
This chapter revisits what the politics inherent in the “canon” are; what it means for a woman, born and raised in India, to teach the canon and engage with it in a critical manner in an American institution, and how to do so without her knowledge, integrity, and authority being challenged. The purpose of this chapter is to grapple with the in-built power structures of canonicity and historicity, to reimagine the canon, and find avenues of not just diversity, but also plurality, being reflected in how we teach the “canon” to our undergraduates in the 21st century, without encountering racist rhetoric as student evaluations.
Sukanya Chakrabarti. "“Go back to India if you hate my people so much”: Consequences of Troubling the “Canon” in American Academia" Troubling Traditions: Canonicity, Theatre, and Performance in the US (2021): 49-62. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003031413-3