FTVM 455 - Topics in Film Studies
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Introduction to Global Bollywood
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
FTVM 150 or FTVM (SAC) 236.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Bollywood (India's Hindi film industry) is today an acknowledged cultural product with a global audience. This course will offer a historical introduction and contextualization to the study of Indian cinema. Bollywood today signifies more than cinema, it is a global culture industry that encompasses everything from dance, music, and fashion to food and yoga. The course will examine this massive culture industry and its circulation in the global space as a unique cultural form. The first part of the course will cover the early history of Bollywood and pay close attention to the aesthetics of Bollywood film; what makes this cinema unique? The second part will hone in on the socio-cultural and industrial logic of Bollywood’s global presence and circulation by focusing on specific case studies such as the U.S, U.K, Russia, and China. What constitutes the transnational appeal of Bollywood film culture? We will also try to understand this complex term Bollywood by focusing on globalization and its impact on cinematic representations of nation, family, diaspora, religion, gender, relationships, and cultural traditions. How did Indian Hindi Cinema morph into Bollywood? Throughout the course, we will bring up questions about nationalism and identity fostered through cinema and notions of home and belonging in a globally mobile world.

Course Requirements:

Final Paper
In-Class Presentation, In-Class Activities
Screening & Reading Responses

Intended Audience:

This course provides a useful foundation for undergraduate students who wish to understand global media industries (specifically Bollywood) in terms of content, context, aesthetics, and industrial dynamics, or who wish to become media producers themselves. It is also useful for undergraduate (non-majors) with an interest in Film and Media and its larger implications on contemporary society and culture.

Class Format:

Ninety-minute lectures twice a week, screenings will happen online. A blended class means that we will have the flexibility to schedule a few weeks of online learning interspersed through the semester. It will afford students the opportunity for deep work and enable them to work at a flexible pace especially when we cover theoretical modules.


FTVM 455 - Topics in Film Studies
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002 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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