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Living Suspiciously: Contingent Belonging in British South Asian Theater

Department of English and North American Studies, MLU Halle-Wittenberg, 06108 Halle (Saale), Germany
Humanities 2020, 9(3), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030085
Received: 3 July 2020 / Revised: 29 July 2020 / Accepted: 3 August 2020 / Published: 18 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Disturbances of the Home/land in Anglophone Postcolonial Literatures)
This article investigates representations of national belonging in British South Asian theater productions after the 2005 London bombings. It identifies a significant yet hitherto underresearched corpus of plays that show the formation of the UK “home front” in the war on terror from the perspective of postcolonial subjects who are deemed threatening rather than worthy of protection. After discussing the construction of British South Asian citizens as suspicious subjects, the article analyzes two plays that offer an extensive consideration of the contingencies of national belonging. It argues that True Brits by Vinay Patel and Harlesden High Street by Abhishek Majumdar dramatize strategies for building, making, or keeping a home in London in spite of the strictures of suspectification and securitization. View Full-Text
Keywords: British South Asian theater; 9/11; 7/7; terrorism; citizenship; racial profiling British South Asian theater; 9/11; 7/7; terrorism; citizenship; racial profiling
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de Waal, A. Living Suspiciously: Contingent Belonging in British South Asian Theater. Humanities 2020, 9, 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030085

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de Waal A. Living Suspiciously: Contingent Belonging in British South Asian Theater. Humanities. 2020; 9(3):85. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030085

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de Waal, Ariane. 2020. "Living Suspiciously: Contingent Belonging in British South Asian Theater" Humanities 9, no. 3: 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9030085

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