The Bollywood Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press

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"From its historical roots through to the contemporary moment, the collection of essays, written by eminent scholars in the field, demonstrate so clearly how Indian cinema is more than the sum of its parts. An essential text for anyone wishing to understand properly the full complexities of Hindi cinema." Professor Susan Hayward, University of Exeter, UK"We are finally at a point when the study of Bollywood is a fully fledged field in Film Studies." Professor Dina Iordanova, University of St. Andrews, Scotland"The Bollywood Reader extends the discursive boundaries of Indian popular cinema in interesting and complex ways. In putting together this volume, the editors have performed magnificently." Professor Wimal Dissanayake, University of Hawaii, USA What is Bollywood cinema? How does it operate as an industry? Who are the audiences of Bollywood cinema? These are just some of the questions addressed in this lively and fascinating guide to the cultural, social and political significance of popular Hindi cinema, which outlines the history and structure of the Bombay film industry, and its impact on global popular culture.Including a wide-ranging selection of essays from key voices in the field, the Reader charts the development of the scholarship on popular Hindi cinema, with an emphasis on understanding the relationship between cinema and colonialism, nationalism, and globalization.Features include: Comprehensive introductory essay Landmark essays by key scholars in the field Glossary of key terms Timeline of key events in Indian cinema Further reading section The authors address the issues of capitalism, nationalism, Orientalism and modernity through understandings of race, class, gender and sexuality, religion, politics and diaspora as depicted in Indian popular films.The Bollywood Readeris captivating reading for film, media and cultural studies students and scholars with an interest in Bollywood cinema.

Author Biography

Rajinder Dudrah is Head of Drama and Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, UK.

..Jigna Desai is Associate Professor in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, USA...

Table of Contents

'The essential Bollywood'p. 1
Theoretical frameworks
'Indian cinema: pleasures and popularity'p. 21
'Towards a theoretical critique of Bombay cinema'p. 32
'The economics of ideology: popular film form and mode of production'p. 45
'In the throes of change: exhibition, production and distribution'p. 57
'Introduction: Indian popular cinema as a slum's eye view of politics'p. 73
'The national-heroic image: masculinity and masquerade'p. 84
Recent trajectories
'Avenging women in Indian cinema'p. 97
'Figuring Mother India: the case of Nargis'p. 109
'What is behind film censorship? The Khalnayak debates'p. 122
'The home and the nation: consuming culture and politics in Roja'p. 134
'Inside and out: song and dance in Bollywood cinema'p. 146
'Invisible representation: the oral contours of a national popular cinema'p. 158
'Imagining the family: an ethnography of viewing Hum Aapke Haiti Koun'p. 172
Bollywood abroad and beyond
'The "Bollywoodization" of the Indian cinema: cultural nationalism in a global arena'p. 190
'Bollywood and the frictions of global mobility'p. 201
'Itineraries of Indian cinema: African videos, Bollywood, and global media'p. 216
'"Ever since you've discovered the video, I've had no peace'": diasporic spectators talk back to Bollywood Masalap. 229
'Queer as Desis: secret politics of gender and sexuality in Bollywood films in diasporic urban ethnoscapes'p. 243
'On the media assemblage of Bollywood: time and sensation in globalizing India'p. 264
Select keywordsp. 276
Select timelinep. 283
Further readingp. 286
Indexp. 289
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