The stage performance of Peer Gynt in Mysore: is 'global Ibsen' against globalization?


  • Sabiha Huq Khulna University, Bangladesh



globalization, market economy, Gandhian nationalism.


This article discusses an adaptation of Peer Gynt in the Kannada language, which was staged in the state of Karnataka, India in 1995. The director of the play asserted his concern of Western notion of interculturalism that is inevitably affected by the process of economic globalization, and according to him India has a different situation as there is ‘tremendous resistance’ to the homogenizing, commoditizing, and anti-democratic tendencies of globalization. Popular terms like ‘technology transfers’, ‘free trade’, ‘democracy’ etc., that are connected with globalization are criticized in the production and it is strongly rooted in serious issues like communal conflict and economic exploitation in contemporary India, providing a notion that globalization is a red herring to divert people from local realities. The analysis of the performance text and the images from the stage performance show how the creative forces behind this production were deeply preoccupied with the notion of the global vs. the national.

Author Biography

Sabiha Huq, Khulna University, Bangladesh

Sabiha Huq (1977 – ) is Professor of English at Khulna University, Bangladesh. She received a BA (Hons) and MA in English Literature from the Department of English, Dhaka University, Bangladesh. She had her MPhil and PhD from the Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo, Norway. This article is partly drawn from her PhD dissertation. She has presented articles at several International Ibsen conferences and has publications on Ibsen in both national and international journals. Her teaching interests include Ibsen, modern drama, postcolonial literature, women's literature, etc. Apart from teaching she also translates. Her translations in Bangla and English have been published in anthologies. 




How to Cite

Huq, Sabiha. 2015. “The stage performance of Peer Gynt in Mysore: is ’global Ibsen’ against globalization?”. Nordlit, no. 34 (February):271–285.