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B/Orders Unbound

Marginality, Ethnicity and Identity in Literatures

Edited By Sule Okuroglu Ozun and Mustafa Kirca

Contemporary literature concerns itself with transgressing borders and destabilizing hierarchical orders. Border crossing to question the given limits and orthodox beliefs brings many disciplines and diverse experiences together, and the result is a myriad of ways of expressing the alternatives when the established boundaries are liberated. The volume presents fifteen essays and brings together many academics and scholars who share a common interest in transgressing borders in literatures. The book is determined to encourage border violations, and each paper tackles the issue of border crossing in different realms and territories.

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An Exposé of Absurd Contemporary Conflicts in Play: Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Qurratulaen Liaqat)


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Qurratulaen Liaqat

An Exposé of Absurd Contemporary Conflicts in Play: Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

And no matter where you might live, the political world shifts us and shapes us… (Rajiv Joseph in an interview with Jo Reed)1

Politics is one of the most significant phenomena which shape the individual as well as collective identities. The contemporary world is a place where each and every individual is affected by any incident happening anywhere in the world. None of the individuals can restrain from absorbing some impact of the political happenings all around the world. The American invasion of Iraq is one such incident which dominated the people’s minds and discussions all around the world. Rajiv Joseph, an American playwright, wrote his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo about the American invasion as well as the multifarious conflicts going on in the backdrop of the Iraqi invasion. This paper is an attempt to scrutinize the various aspects of the individual and collective battles going on in the international arena as depicted in the play by Rajiv Joseph in his play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. The paper will explore Rajiv’s vision of the nature of the conflicts surrounding the world today.

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