THE REPRESENTATION OF THE "ORIENT" IN DAVID HENRY HWANG'S M. BUTTERFLY SHUCHI GUPTA

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The aim of this paper is to critically analyze the representation of an "orient" in David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly. In this drama, gender, racial and imperial discourses intersect and Hwang has been successful in deconstructing these traditional discourses and exposing the fictitiousness of stereotypical image of an orient harboured by the 'West'. The drama employs postmodernist aesthetics and brilliant theatrical techniques to foreground the deconstruction of traditional representations that
more » ... epresentations that follow. Traditionally 'East' has always been misrepresented by the west. This misrepresentation is the result of an essentialist view based upon gender and racial discourses. The play also shows how national entity narratives are internalized and adapted in the construction of the individual subject.
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