Spring 2023 Middle East UN2641 section 001


Call Number 11735
Day & Time
MW 11:40am-12:55pm
330 Uris Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Debashree Mukherjee
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

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.

Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 50 students (54 max) as of 9:12PM Friday, December 1, 2023
Subject Middle East
Number UN2641
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Note Required weekly film screenings in Milbank 328(Barnard)
Section key 20231MDES2641W001