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Cinema India: South Asia's Past on Film (FYS)
Fall 2019
Section: 01  

This first year seminar course examines the relationship of film and history in India. We will focus on how filmmakers represent the past and, alternatively, how films inform historical memory--especially in the context of the competing trajectories of nationalism and globalization in South Asia. A central concern will be the historiographical challenges and opportunities of film. We will pay particular attention to Hindi cinema, including films produced by the Bombay/Mumbai ("Bollywood") film industry since the 1950s. We will also examine the rise of "parallel" (or "art") cinema. There will be one session reserved for evening screenings (Tuesdays) and two morning sessions per week (Mondays and Wednesdays). Feature films will range from classics like "Mughal-e Azam" (1960) and "Umraon Jaan" (1981), to lesser known works like "Shatranj ke Khiladi" (1977) and "Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi" (2005). We will also probe the critical and box-office success of relatively recent blockbusters such as "Lagaan" (2001), "Jodhaa Akbar" (2008), "Bajirao Mastani" (2015), and "Padmaavat" (2018), comparing them to the disappointing performance of budget-busting period dramas like "Thugs of Hindustan" (2018) and "Manikarnika" (2019).
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GSAS-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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