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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.

This second edition, with a new introduction attempts to capture the shifts that have taken place since its earlier publication. With four new essays supplementing the earlier twenty four, the shifts in film techniques and film audiences, the blurring of the line between alternative and commercial cinema and women’s image of themselves are brought out. Largely focusing on Hindi cinema, there is also a reflection of Bengali and Kannada cinema. This new edition enlarges the scope of the inquiry into feminist concerns and feminine representation.

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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Title Films and Feminism: Essays in Indian Cinema
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.05.2015
Edition 2nd. ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131607121
length ix+347p., 23cm.