|Day & Time
330 Uris Hall
|Method of Instruction||In-Person|
This course offers an expansive journey through the forms, pleasures, and meanings of Indian cinema. It explores the plural beginnings of popular film; the many competing cinemas produced across India; the diverse protagonists (from vamps to vigilantes) that populate the imagined entity named ‘national cinema’; and the varied audiences addressed by these cinemas. Over the course of the semester, we will watch 15 of the most iconic narrative films produced in India, including Diamond Queen (1940), Awara (1951), Deewar (1975), Roja (1992), Mahanagar (1963), and Bandit Queen (1994). As we voyage with the dynamic, shifting codes and priorities of India’s fiction filmmaking, we also shadow the emergence of the Indian nation and contestations of its coherence.
|Department||Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies|
|Enrollment||50 students (54 max) as of 9:12PM Friday, December 1, 2023|
|Note||Required weekly film screenings in Milbank 328(Barnard)|