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Figurations in Indian Film

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Indian cinematic traditions have always relied on eclectic ways of figuration that combine signs and affects of desire and abomination. That is, incarnations often emerge at critical interfaces between good/bad, Indian/western, self/other, virtue/vice, myth/reality, and so on. Such figures are products of discontinuous assembling processes that cut through dyadic arrangements and pass the same character/body/identity via different, often contradictory, moral economies and sign systems. These many-armed, complex modes of figuration carry a special tenacity in Indian cinema for many reasons, but perhaps most importantly because the template of classical realist narration usually has had limited authority over its proceedings. Perpetually caught between the home and the world, between elation and agony, such cinematic entities carry in them the diverse, contending energies of the overall assembling arena of Indian modernity itself. The essays in this volume consider the issue of figuration in the broadest sense, including formations that are supra-individual, animalistic, divine and machinic.

About the Author

Anustup Basu is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is author of Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic ( 2010). Basu's recent work has appeared in boundary 2, Postscript, PostModern Culture, and in Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance (2008). He is working on a monograph titled The Phenomenology of Information.
Meheli Sen is Assistant Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) and the Cinema Studies program at Rutgers University, USA. Her primary research area is South Asian Cinemas. Sen's work has been published in LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Journal of the Moving Image and South Asian Review, as well as in Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora (2010). She is currently working on a monograph on Hindi commercial cinema.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Meheli Sen

PART I: POLITICAL AND TYPOLOGICAL FIGURES

1. Sensate Outlaws: The Recursive Social Bandit in Indian Popular Cultures; Bishnupriya Ghosh

2. What Happened to Khadi? Dress and Costume in Bombay Cinema; Anupama Kapse

3. Configuring the Other: The Detective and the Real in Satyajit Ray's Chiriakhana; Gautam Basu Thakur

PART II: GENERIC MUTATIONS

4. Diverting Diseases; M. Madhava Prasad

5. Nevla as Dracula: Figurations of the Tantric as Monster in the Hindi Horror Film; Usha Iyer

6. Haunted Havelis and Hapless Heroes: Gender, Genre and the Hindi Gothic Film; Meheli Sen

PART III: STAR FIGURES

7. 'The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships': Helen and Public Femininity in Hindi Film; Anustup Basu

8. From Superman to Shahenshah: Stardom and the Transfigurative Body of Hrithik Roshan; Nandana Bose

9. Con-figurations: The Body as World in Bollywood Stardom; Sumita S. Chakravarty

PART IV: FIGURING (OUT) NEW BOLLYWOOD

10. Metafiguring Bollywood: (Brecht after Om Shanti Om); Bhaskar Sarkar

11. Bodies in Syncopation; Moinak Biswas

12. Between Violetta and Vasantasena is Toulouse-Lautrec: Cinematic Avatars and Bollywood in Moulin Rouge!; Kirsten Strayer

Afterword; Anustup Basu

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230291799
Author:
Sen, Meheli
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Basu, Anustup
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in 1 lb

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