EGST 0211 - Indian Cinema: Gender and Identity

Credits: 3

Examines both Bollywood cinema and the independent cinema of India through the lens of postcolonial feminist theory and cultural studies. The emphasis will be to enhance the ability of students to see films as representation aided by a process of cultural interpretation. It will inform students of the many interrelations between the history of the postcolonial nation and its representation in the visual arts. It will go on to highlight how films today show the gradual failure of the nationalist project due to the growth of consumerism. Possible films: Monsoon Wedding, Slumdog Millionaire and Namesake as well as Bollywood films rarely seen in the United States.

Prerequisites: EGST 0101  or EGST 0102 .

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