Re-shaping Identity Through the Body: An Analysis of K.S. Maniamâ€™s <i>The Sandpit: Womensis</i> & Mark de Silvaâ€™s<i> Stories for Amah</i>
The fundamental concern of this paper is with issues of authoritative control over individual expressions of identity, as well as with the construction of identity within Malaysian society. There is a level of resistance to this process of construction and theÂ subsequent imposition of identities on the individual at the authoritative level. TheÂ theatre is a particularly rich site for the staging of such resistance because it can physicallyÂ embody, explore, and exhibit identities which challenge and subvert the officialÂ rhetoric. In this paper, I look specifically at how the physical bodies of the characters inÂ certain plays become sites of contention; the plays in question are K.S. Maniamâ€™s The Sandpit: Womensis and Mark de Silvaâ€™s Stories for Amah. In both plays, the bodies of the female protagonists can be seen as expressions of their identities, as well as sites whichÂ dominant figures try to re-shape and control.Â
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