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Films and feminism : essays in Indian cinema / edited by, Jain, Jasbir. Rai, Sudha, Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (Jaipur, India)

Contributor(s): Jain, Jasbir [editor] | Rai, Sudha [editor] | Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (Jaipur, India).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Jaipur : Rawat pub., 2002Description: 280 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9788131602805 (pbk.).Subject(s): Feminism and motion pictures -- India | Feminist films -- India | Women in popular culture -- India | India -- Social conditionsDDC classification: 791.4370954 FIL
Contents:
Rituparno Ghosh: the 'woman's director' of Bangla cinema / Somdatta Mandal -- Saffronizing the silver screen: the right-winged nineties film / Gita Viswanath -- Female bodies and the male gaze: Laura Mulvey and Hindi cinema / Bindu Nair -- Courting: Hindi film Ishtyle / Malati Mathur -- Women in Indian cinema: fictional constructs / Vrinda Mathur -- Bollywood portrayals of women with disabilities / Meenu Bhambhani -- Muslim women's identity: on the margins of the nation / Supriya Agarwal -- Towards the radicalization of the Indian family / Veena Singh -- Crossing the boundaries: woman in search of self / Anshoo Sharma -- Body as text: women transgressors and Hindi cinema / Jasbir Jain -- The working woman in three Bengali films: a retrospect / Dipendu Chakrabarti -- Comedy and gender: a study of Katha and Chashme Baddoor / Jyoti Bhatia -- Questioning the confines of marriage: Khushboo and Arth / Bandana Chakrabarty -- Symbolism and space in Aparna Sen's Paroma and Deepa Mehta's Fire / Mini Nanda -- Breaking the silence: gender, caste and transgression in Phaniyamma and Bandh Jharokhe / Sudha Rai -- Journey into the mind of a woman: from Rajni to Mashaal / Tripti Jain -- Maternal enthrallment in Satyajit Ray's Aparajito and Devi / Madhuri Chatterjee -- The mythical text of woman's re-presentation in cinema: the image-icon interface in Devi / Anu Celly -- Tamanna: desiring the undesired / Santosh Gupta -- From victimhood to potential threat: rape and patriarchy in Damini / Renuka Pamecha -- Mirch Masala: film with a purpose / Krishna Rathore -- Spatial contours in Zubeida / Veena Jain -- Battling for being: Manjrekar's Astitva / Ranju Mehta -- Locating perception and paradoxes within an image: Manjrekar's Astitva / Rakesh Thakur.
Summary: 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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Includes bibliographic references and index.

Rituparno Ghosh: the 'woman's director' of Bangla cinema / Somdatta Mandal --
Saffronizing the silver screen: the right-winged nineties film / Gita Viswanath --
Female bodies and the male gaze: Laura Mulvey and Hindi cinema / Bindu Nair --
Courting: Hindi film Ishtyle / Malati Mathur --
Women in Indian cinema: fictional constructs / Vrinda Mathur --
Bollywood portrayals of women with disabilities / Meenu Bhambhani --
Muslim women's identity: on the margins of the nation / Supriya Agarwal --
Towards the radicalization of the Indian family / Veena Singh --
Crossing the boundaries: woman in search of self / Anshoo Sharma --
Body as text: women transgressors and Hindi cinema / Jasbir Jain --
The working woman in three Bengali films: a retrospect / Dipendu Chakrabarti --
Comedy and gender: a study of Katha and Chashme Baddoor / Jyoti Bhatia --
Questioning the confines of marriage: Khushboo and Arth / Bandana Chakrabarty --
Symbolism and space in Aparna Sen's Paroma and Deepa Mehta's Fire / Mini Nanda --
Breaking the silence: gender, caste and transgression in Phaniyamma and Bandh Jharokhe / Sudha Rai --
Journey into the mind of a woman: from Rajni to Mashaal / Tripti Jain --
Maternal enthrallment in Satyajit Ray's Aparajito and Devi / Madhuri Chatterjee --
The mythical text of woman's re-presentation in cinema: the image-icon interface in Devi / Anu Celly --
Tamanna: desiring the undesired / Santosh Gupta --
From victimhood to potential threat: rape and patriarchy in Damini / Renuka Pamecha --
Mirch Masala: film with a purpose / Krishna Rathore --
Spatial contours in Zubeida / Veena Jain --
Battling for being: Manjrekar's Astitva / Ranju Mehta --
Locating perception and paradoxes within an image: Manjrekar's Astitva / Rakesh Thakur.

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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