Jonathan Gil Harris: Becoming Indian

From Nine To Noon, 10:10 am on 10 May 2016
The First Firangis.

The First Firangis. Photo: Supplied/ Aleph

Jonathan Gil Harris is a Shakespearean scholar who has written a history of the weird and wonderful people came to make India their home in the 16th and 17th centuries.

First of the Firangis weaves the stories of these historical migrants together with Gil's own personal experiences - he himself moved to India three years ago to take up a position as a professor of English at Ashoka University in New Delhi.

Now GiIl is working on a new project closer to his prior area of expertise, Masala Shakespeare - looking at how the Bard's work has been adapted and re-imagined in an Indian context.

He talks to Kathry Ryan about his latest work.