Cut 'N' Mix King Lear: Second Generation And Asian-British Identities

Alessandra Marino
Publication date: 
April 2013
Publication type: 
Book chapter

This essay deals with the images and sounds of London in the BBC short series Second Generation (2003), where King Lear is appropriated to shed light on the conflicts of Indian-British subjects of different generations. The adaptation revolves around the fall of an aged patriarch with three daughters, whose life is spent between their curry factory in the East End and the South Asian local community. Using post-colonial theory and diaspora studies as critical tools, the chapter explores the identity struggles portrayed in the TV series by analysing the references to Shakespeare's play and the centrality of Nitin Sawhney’s soundtrack.

In: Shakespeare and Conflict: A European Perspective.

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