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Films and Feminism: Essays in Indian Cinema

Jasbir Jain (Editor) Sudha Rai (Editor)

Films and Feminism: Essays in Indian Cinema explores both mainstream and parallel cinema for an analysis of the woman image, the idea of romance, the imposition and defiance of patriarchal order and a woman’s journey towards self-definition. Films reach a wider audience than literature as they move across the barriers of class, literacy, religion and even language. Not only do they reflect reality, they also construct reality. Their reach and impact makes it imperative to work through the rhetoric and melodrama of the medium to unearth the subtleties and ambiguities which lie within. Film technique has both borrowed from and contributed to literary aesthetics. The twenty-four essays in the present volume, written by scholars of literature, sociology, philosophy, political science, history and film-making highlight these interconnections. Largely focusing on Hindi cinema, the essays reflect a representation of Bengali and Kannada cinema as well. The volume makes a significant contribution to film, gender and literary studies as it opens up multiple dimensions of inquiry.

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About the authors

Jasbir Jain

Jasbir Jain, writer and critic, Emeritus Fellow, university of Rajasthan, has worked extensively on the Indian novel. Amongst her recent publications are Women in Patriarchy and gendered realities, Human Spaces: The present work is third in a series of writings on the Indian novel and covers the post-independence period. Currently, she is working on the indigenous roots of feminism.

Sudha Rai

Sudha Rai, Professor in the Department of English, University of Rajasthan. She is the author off V.S. Naipaul (1982), and Homeless by Choice: Naipaul, Rushdie, Jhabvala (1992). Her present research interests are in the area of “Gender and Diaspora”.

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Bibliographic information

Title Films and Feminism: Essays in Indian Cinema
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170337135
length 280p., Notes; References; Index; 23cm.