The Cinematic ImagiNation: Indian Popular Films as Social History / Edition 1

The Cinematic ImagiNation: Indian Popular Films as Social History / Edition 1

by Jyotika Virdi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813531918

ISBN-13: 9780813531915

Pub. Date: 02/01/2003

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

 "This book makes an important contribution to the field of Asian film criticism, Indian film history, cultural studies, and gender studies. The Cinematic ImagiNation provides readers with valuable insight into the relationships between nation-building, gender, sexuality, the family, and popular cinema, using post-Independence India as a case study."

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 "This book makes an important contribution to the field of Asian film criticism, Indian film history, cultural studies, and gender studies. The Cinematic ImagiNation provides readers with valuable insight into the relationships between nation-building, gender, sexuality, the family, and popular cinema, using post-Independence India as a case study."-Gina Marchetti, author of Romance and the "Yellow Peril": Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction India produces more films than any other country in the world, and these works are avidly consumed by non-Western cultures in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and by the Indian communities in Australia, Britain, the Caribbean Islands, and North America. Jyotika Virdi focuses on how this dominant medium configures the "nation" in post-Independence Hindi cinema. She scrutinizes approximately thirty films that have appeared since 1950 and demonstrates how concepts of the nation form the center of this cinema's moral universe. As a kind of storytelling, Indian cinema provides a fascinating account of social history and cultural politics, with the family deployed as a symbol of the nation. Virdi demonstrates how the portrayal of the nation as a mythical community in Hindi films collapses under the weight of its own contradictions-irreconcilable differences that encompass gender, sexuality, family, class, and religious communities. Through these film narratives, the author traces transactions among the various constituencies that struggle, accommodate, coexist uneasily, or reconstitute each other over time, and, in the process, reveal the topography of postcolonial culture. Jyotika Virdi teaches communication/film/media studies at the University of Windsor, Canada

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813531915
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Nation and Its Discontents26
Ch. 2The Idealized Woman60
Ch. 3Heroes and Villains: Narrating the Nation87
Ch. 4Heroines, Romance, and Social History121
Ch. 5The Sexed Body145
Ch. 6Re-reading Romance178
Conclusion205
Notes215
Index245

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