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Fingerprinting popular culture : the mythic and the iconic in Indian cinema, edited by Vinay Lal and Ashis Nandy

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Fingerprinting popular culture : the mythic and the iconic in Indian cinema
Title
Fingerprinting popular culture
Title remainder
the mythic and the iconic in Indian cinema
Statement of responsibility
edited by Vinay Lal and Ashis Nandy
Title variation
Mythic and the iconic in Indian cinema
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Cinema in India has always been a play of middle-class sensibilities and fantasy life. And, this middle class now seems to have come into its own. From the time of Indira Gandhi, the political agendas of political parties and leaders have been increasingly shaped by middle-class consciousness and popular cinema has become for this class both an ideological phalanx and a major vehicle of self-expression. The media-exposed public in turn has become more accessible through the mythic structures and larger-than-life figures of popular cinema. The medium has become a new, more powerful language of public discourse. This book, like its companion volume The Secret Politics of our Desires (1998), is a product of this awareness. It uses Indian popular cinema to reexamine the relationships among society, politics, and culture. The six essays in it, mostly by contributors from outside the world of film studies and film criticism, span topics such as showmanship and stylization of images; the human characterization of abstract concepts such as good and evil; the open-ended, episodic and fragmented nature of the narrative, cemented together through devices such as family "history" and "filial love"; and the re-emergence of "Hindustani" as a secular language of film. The essays also cover popular cinema's fear of using comedy when dealing with the legitimacy and authority of the state; the "ideal" femininity conjured by Lata Mangeshkar's voice; and the debts to Hollywood and the carnivalesque that shape Guru Dutt's comedies
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Cataloging source
EQO
Dewey number
791.430954
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1993.5.I8
LC item number
F58 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Lal, Vinay.
  • Nandy, Ashis.
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  • Motion pictures
  • Middle class
  • Ideology in motion pictures
  • India
  • Popular culture
Label
Fingerprinting popular culture : the mythic and the iconic in Indian cinema, edited by Vinay Lal and Ashis Nandy
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Publication
Note
Originally published in Great Britain, Oxford University Press, 2006
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: popular cinema and the culture of Indian politics / Vinay Lal and Ashis Nandy -- Popular cinema, India, and fantasy / Probal Dasgupta -- Structure and form in Indian popular film narrative / M. K. Raghavendra -- All kinds of Hindi : the evolving language of Hindi cinema / Harish Trivedi -- The comic collapse of authority : an essay on the fears of the public spectator / D.R. Nagaraj -- The voice of the nation and the five-year plan hero : speculations on gender, space, and popular culture / Sanjay Srivastava -- The mapping of Guru Dutt's comedic vision / Darius Cooper
Control code
ocn173877561
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 197 p. :
Isbn
9780195692679
Label
Fingerprinting popular culture : the mythic and the iconic in Indian cinema, edited by Vinay Lal and Ashis Nandy
Publication
Note
Originally published in Great Britain, Oxford University Press, 2006
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: popular cinema and the culture of Indian politics / Vinay Lal and Ashis Nandy -- Popular cinema, India, and fantasy / Probal Dasgupta -- Structure and form in Indian popular film narrative / M. K. Raghavendra -- All kinds of Hindi : the evolving language of Hindi cinema / Harish Trivedi -- The comic collapse of authority : an essay on the fears of the public spectator / D.R. Nagaraj -- The voice of the nation and the five-year plan hero : speculations on gender, space, and popular culture / Sanjay Srivastava -- The mapping of Guru Dutt's comedic vision / Darius Cooper
Control code
ocn173877561
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xxvii, 197 p. :
Isbn
9780195692679

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