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Introduction to Global Bollywood

FILM 329
Fall 2019 not offered
Certificates: South Asia Studies, South Asia Studies Minor

Bollywood (India's Hindi film industry) is today an acknowledged cultural product with a global audience. This course will offer a historical introduction and contextualization to the study of Indian cinema. Bollywood today signifies more than cinema, it is a global culture industry that encompasses everything from dance, music and fashion to food and yoga. The course will examine this massive culture industry and its circulation in the global space as a unique cultural form. The first part of the course will cover the early history of Bollywood and pay close attention to the aesthetics of Bollywood film; what makes this cinema unique? The second part will hone in on the socio-cultural and industrial logic of Bollywood's global presence and circulation by focusing on specific case studies such as the U.S, U.K, Russia, and China. What constitutes the transnational appeal of Bollywood film culture? We will also try to understand this complex term Bollywood by focusing on globalization and its impact on cinematic representations of nation, family, diaspora, religion, gender, relationships and cultural traditions. How did Indian Hindi Cinema morph into Bollywood? Throughout the course we will bring up questions about nationalism and identity fostered through cinema and notions of home and belonging in a globally mobile world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: FIILM307
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(FILM-MN)(FILM)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)

Last Updated on JUL-14-2024
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