Shakespeare Meets the Indian Epics: Comparative Themes and Interpretations
This book demonstrates that people writing and creating characters almost 6,000 miles apart, and in different centuries, have a lot more in common than one might expect. It examines the day-to-day themes appearing in two epics, The Ramayanam and The Maha Bharatham, and some of Shakespeare’s plays (without entering into the realm of philosophy). The book reveals that whatever backgrounds people may have, they ultimately tend to tackle life in very similar ways, and this claim is substantiated with many pertinent examples. The perspectives presented in this book will be of interest to all who study literature.
Dr Mohan Gopinath holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University (India), where he later became a member of the faculty. After a two-year stint in the college, he joined the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, and worked as a senior level banker for almost 21 years in India, the UK, and Hong Kong. He obtained a doctoral degree from Osmania University, India. His publications include Business Drama: How Shakespearean Insights Help Leaders Manage Volatile Contexts and Vignettes Relating to Kathakali and Shakespeare: The Thirasheela versus the Curtain, and Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, the Mozart of Kathakali.
Dr Sabina Zacharias has been teaching English language and literature, cultural studies, and business communication and legal English to multicultural and multilingual groups at different levels in India and abroad for the last 20 years. She completed her doctoral degree at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad (India). Currently, she is an adjunct professor of communication and coordinates training courses in English Language and soft skills at various B-Schools in Bangalore (India).
“The book reveals that whatever backgrounds people may have, they ultimately tend to tackle life in very similar ways and this claim is substantiated with many pertinent examples drawn from diverse disciplines such as management, psychology, performing arts and military rules of engagement.
The importance of this book to the student of drama and literature is one of the prime reasons why it can be used in the world of academics as an essential textbook for students of the theatre in the West and the East. This book proves beyond doubt that the world of the theatre and stage has no boundaries.”
Dr Rajashree Pandiyan
Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Languages, IFIM College, India
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