Beyond Bollywood

Author: Jigna Desai
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415966849
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Beyond Bollywood is the first comprehensive look at the emergence, development, and significance of contemporary South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer perspective, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the "Brown Atlantic" through a close look at films in English from and about South Asian diasporas in the United States, Canada, and Britain, including such popular films as My Beautiful Laundrette, Fire, Monsoon Wedding, and Bend it Like Beckham.

Beyond Bollywood

Author: Jigna Desai
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135887209
Format: PDF, Docs
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Beyond Bollywood is the first comprehensive look at the emergence, development, and significance of contemporary South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer perspective, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the "Brown Atlantic" through a close look at films in English from and about South Asian diasporas in the United States, Canada, and Britain, including such popular films as My Beautiful Laundrette, Fire, Monsoon Wedding, and Bend it Like Beckham.

Beyond Bollywood

Author: Jigna Desai
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135887195
Format: PDF, ePub
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Beyond Bollywood is the first comprehensive look at the emergence, development, and significance of contemporary South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer perspective, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the "Brown Atlantic" through a close look at films in English from and about South Asian diasporas in the United States, Canada, and Britain, including such popular films as My Beautiful Laundrette, Fire, Monsoon Wedding, and Bend it Like Beckham.

Culinary Fictions

Author: Anita Mannur
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 1439900795
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An exploration of how and why food matters in the culture and literature of the South Asian diaspora.

Bollywood Travels

Author: Rajinder Dudrah
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136451307
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Using an interdisciplinary framework, this book offers a fresh perspective on the issues of diaspora culture and border crossings in the films, popular cultures, and media and entertainment industries from the popular Hindi cinema of India. It analyses and discusses a range of key contemporary films in detail, such as Veer Zaara, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, and Dostana. The book uses the notion of travel analytically in and through the cinema to comment on films that have dealt with Indo-Pak border crossings, representations of diaspora, and gender and sexuality in new ways. It engages with common sense assumptions about everyday South Asian and diasporic South Asian cultures and representations as expressed in Bollywood cinema in order to look at these issues further. Moving towards an innovative exploration beyond the films, this book charts the circuits and routes of Bollywood as South Asian club cultures in the diaspora, and Hindi cinema entertainment shows around the world, as well as its impact on social media websites. Bollywood Travels is an original and thought provoking contribution to studies on Asian Culture and Society, Sociology, World Cinema, and Film, Media and Cultural Studies.

Impossible Desires

Author: Gayatri Gopinath
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822386534
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By bringing queer theory to bear on ideas of diaspora, Gayatri Gopinath produces both a more compelling queer theory and a more nuanced understanding of diaspora. Focusing on queer female diasporic subjectivity, Gopinath develops a theory of diaspora apart from the logic of blood, authenticity, and patrilineal descent that she argues invariably forms the core of conventional formulations. She examines South Asian diasporic literature, film, and music in order to suggest alternative ways of conceptualizing community and collectivity across disparate geographic locations. Her agile readings challenge nationalist ideologies by bringing to light that which has been rendered illegible or impossible within diaspora: the impure, inauthentic, and nonreproductive. Gopinath juxtaposes diverse texts to indicate the range of oppositional practices, subjectivities, and visions of collectivity that fall outside not only mainstream narratives of diaspora, colonialism, and nationalism but also most projects of liberal feminism and gay and lesbian politics and theory. She considers British Asian music of the 1990s alongside alternative media and cultural practices. Among the fictional works she discusses are V. S. Naipaul’s classic novel A House for Mr. Biswas, Ismat Chughtai’s short story “The Quilt,” Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy, and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night. Analyzing films including Deepa Mehta’s controversial Fire and Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, she pays particular attention to how South Asian diasporic feminist filmmakers have reworked Bollywood’s strategies of queer representation and to what is lost or gained in this process of translation. Gopinath’s readings are dazzling, and her theoretical framework transformative and far-reaching.

Cinema and the Sandinistas

Author: Jonathan Buchsbaum
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292705241
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Following the Sandinista Revolution in 1979, young bohemian artists rushed to the newly formed Nicaraguan national film institute INCINE to contribute to "the recovery of national identity" through the creation of a national film project. Over the next eleven years, the filmmakers of INCINE produced over seventy films—documentary, fiction, and hybrids—that collectively reveal a unique vision of the Revolution drawn not from official FSLN directives, but from the filmmakers' own cinematic interpretations of the Revolution as they were living it. This book examines the INCINE film project and assesses its achievements in recovering a Nicaraguan national identity through the creation of a national cinema. Using a wealth of firsthand documentation—the films themselves, interviews with numerous INCINE personnel, and INCINE archival records—Jonathan Buchsbaum follows the evolution of INCINE's project and situates it within the larger historical project of militant, revolutionary filmmaking in Latin America. His research also raises crucial questions about the viability of national cinemas in the face of accelerating globalization and technological changes which reverberate far beyond Nicaragua's experiment in revolutionary filmmaking.

Global Bollywood

Author: Anandam P. Kavoori
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 081474799X
Format: PDF
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Table of contents: The Bollywoodization of the Indian cinema: cultural nationalism in a global arena / Ashish Rajadhyaksha -- Surviving Bollywood / M. Madhava Prasad -- Mumbai versus Bollywood: the Hindi film industry and the politics of cultural heritage in contemporary India / Tejaswini Ganti -- Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood: redefining the global in Indian cinema / Shanti Kumar -- The globalization of Bollywood-the hype and hope / Daya Kishan Thussu -- Our violence, their violence: exploring the emotional and relational matrix of terrorist cinema / Vamsee Juluri -- Exoticized, marginalized, demonized: the Muslim other in Indian cinema / Kalyani Chadha and Anandam P. Kavoori -- The mirror has many faces: the politics of male same-sex desire in BOMgAY and Gulabi Aaina / Parmesh Shahani -- Bring back the old films, our culture is in disrepute: Hindi film and the construction of femininity in Guyana / Atticus Narain -- From villain to traditional housewife!: the politics of globalization and women's sexuality in the new Indian media / Padma Govindan and Bisakha Dutta -- Songs from the heart: musical coding, emotional sentiment, and transnational Sonic identity in India's popular film music / Natalie Sarazzin -- Deewar/Wall (1975)-fact, fiction, and the making of a superstar / Jyotika Virdi -- The Indian film magazine, Stardust / Rachel Dwyer -- Bollyweb: search for Bollywood on the web and see what happens! / Ananda Mitra -- We're online, not on the streets: Indian cinema, new media, and participatory culture / Aswin Punathambekar -- Afterword: fast-forwarding into the future, haunted by the past: Bollywood today / Arvind Rajagopal.

Dreaming in Canadian

Author: Faiza Hirji
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 0774859717
Format: PDF, ePub
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As various nations wrestle with issues of immigration, integration, and pluralism, second-generation immigrants are exploring new ways to make sense of who they are and where they belong in the face of competing cultural demands. Dreaming in Canadian turns the spotlight on the role of Bollywood cinema in the production of cultural, religious, and national identities among South Asian youth in Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa. By documenting the voices of these young adults and how they draw on media in the formation of uniquely hybrid identities, this book interrogates the realities that underpin media portrayals of diaspora, nationalism, and multiculturalism.

Dubious Gastronomy

Author: Robert Ji-Song Ku
Publisher: Food in Asia and the Pacific
ISBN:
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California roll, Chinese take-out, American-made kimchi, dogmeat, monosodium glutamate, SPAM--all are examples of what Robert Ji-Song Ku calls "dubious" foods. Strongly associated with Asian and Asian American gastronomy, they are commonly understood as ersatz, depraved, or simply bad. In Dubious Gastronomy, Ku contends that these foods share a spiritual fellowship with Asians in the United States in that the Asian presence, be it culinary or corporeal, is often considered watered-down, counterfeit, or debased manifestations of the "real thing." The American expression of Asianness is defined as doubly inauthentic--as insufficiently Asian and unreliably American when measured against a largely ideological if not entirely political standard of authentic Asia and America. By exploring the other side of what is prescriptively understood as proper Asian gastronomy, Ku suggests that Asian cultural expressions occurring in places such as Los Angeles, Honolulu, New York City, and even Baton Rouge are no less critical to understanding the meaning of Asian food--and, by extension, Asian people--than culinary expressions that took place in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai centuries ago. In critically considering the impure and hybridized with serious and often whimsical intent, Dubious Gastronomy argues that while the notion of cultural authenticity is troubled, troubling, and troublesome, the apocryphal is not necessarily a bad thing: The dubious can be and is often quite delicious. Dubious Gastronomy overlaps a number of disciplines, including American and Asian American studies, Asian diasporic studies, literary and cultural studies, and the burgeoning field of food studies. More importantly, however, the book fulfills the critical task of amalgamating these areas and putting them in conversation with one another. Written in an engaging and fluid style, it promises to appeal a wide audience of readers who seriously enjoys eating--and reading and thinking about--food.