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The great Indian epic and Peter Brook

Mishra, V. (1991) The great Indian epic and Peter Brook. In: Williams, D., (ed.) Peter Brook and the Mahabharata: Critical perspectives. Routledge, London, England, pp. 195-205.

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It is perhaps not too much of an exaggeration to say that The Mahabharata is the founding text of Indian culture. The Puranas, dramatic texts (both classical and modern), medieval romance, the Indian bourgeois novel and finally the Indian film all retrieve the rules of their formation from The Mahabharata. There is something so dreadfully imperialistic about this text that, in a moment of wilful generalization or enthusiasm, we may indeed claim that all Indian literary, filmic and theatrical texts endlessly rewrite The Mahabharata.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: 1991 The Collection, David Williams Individual Chapters, the respective authors
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