ASIAN 341 - Bollywood and Beyond: An Introduction to Popular Indian Cinema
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

India produces the highest number of films in the world, especially the popular Hindi cinema produced in Bombay (Mumbai) and consumed around the world under the somewhat reductive label of “Bollywood.” Tracing the development of this cinema from the post-Independence (1947) era to the present, this course will equip students with analytical tools for exploring Bombay cinema’s formal complexities, thematic preoccupations, and stylistic shifts, its relationship with other Indian film cultures, and its crucial role in imagining the Indian nation. It will also introduce students to key aspects of Indian history and culture through film. Our investigation will be organized by four inter-related themes: the nation, the public, modernity, and gender. Special attention will be given to the pervasive role of music, song, and dance. Other topics include: the cultural sources of Hindi cinema, cinema and the nation, cinema’s role in mediating modernity and tradition, the star system, and the transnational reception of Hindi film. Classes will be structured around interactive lectures, which will situate films in their historical and cultural contexts, as well as within the careers of directors and stars. Prior to each week’s screening, students will receive a set of specific questions designed to guide their viewing and reading. They will be asked to take screening notes, which will form the basis of a guided class discussion.

ASIAN 341 - Bollywood and Beyond: An Introduction to Popular Indian Cinema
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001 (LEC)
 
45009
Open
38
 
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002 (LAB)
 
45021
Open
38
 
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004 (DIS)
P
45023
Open
6
 
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005 (DIS)
P
45024
Open
7
 
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