04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T
Aquia Building 219
Section Information for Fall 2019
“Bollywood” has come to signify a variety of things beyond movies. Bollywood as a brand, a style, and a cinema conjures vibrancy, vitality, and globalization. But, although Bollywood has often outshone other media production in India, is only part of the story. This course takes the massive cinematic output of the world’s largest democracy and attempts to boil it down to fifteen weeks of film history. We won’t even pretend to be comprehensive. What we will do is spend a portion of the course on Bombay cinema while also dedicating time to “parallel,” auteur, and art cinema, transnational productions, and other modes of screen culture. Looking at film (and a little TV) produced in India and its diaspora, we will consider film’s relationship to “Indian” as a national identity that extends across a variety of borders. We will also address questions of genre, style, the importance of stars to the industry, and the ways that films engage with the politics of national history, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, security, class and caste.
Screenings include: Awaara, Deewaar, Ghoul, Gully Boy, Haider, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,Pather Panchali, Veer-Zaara, Umrao Jaan,
This is an RS-designated course, which means that you will work on a sustained, individual research project throughout the semester. This project (pending my approval) can be visual, written, fiction, or non-fiction, but it must be grounded in careful research. If you have questions, please feel free to email me: email@example.com
Mason Core (All)
ENGH 470 001 is controlled. Please contact Professor Scarlata ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for permission to register.