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Spring 2016-2017
* ENG 425 / COM 434 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Bollywood Cinema

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Bollywood generates more films each year than other global film industries, circulating films across Africa, Asia, and beyond. What are the dominant trends and genres of popular South Asian cinema since independence? We will assume a capacious meaning of "Bollywood" as a global phenomenon. Course topics include the recent resurgence of Pakistani film industry as well as "Third Cinema," against which the popular is often defined in studies of postcolonial cinema. Course topics include melodrama, the popular, translation, diaspora, migration, nationalism and affect. Some background in film or media theory will be helpful but not required.

Sample reading list:
Priya Joshi, Bollywood's India
Vijay Mishra, Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading per week. There will be 3 papers.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Department Requirement: Modernity and Diasporas

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43327 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:4 Limit:15