Narratives of Gendered Dissent in South Asian Cinemas

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This book conducts a post-colonial, gendered investigation of women-centred South Asian films. In these films, the narrative becomes an act of political engagement and a site of feminist struggle: a map that weaves together multiple strands of subjectivity―gender, caste, race, class, religion, and colonialism. The book explores the cinematic construction of an oppositional narrative of feminist dissent with a view to elaborate a historical understanding and theorisation of the ‘materiality and politics’ of the everyday struggle of Indian women. The book analyzes the ways that ‘cultural workers’ have tended to use subversive narratives as a tool of resistance. Narratives that are political, ideological, classed, raced and gendered offer the focus of this exploration. Through strategies of disclosure and documentation of memory, personal experiences, and imaginary events shaped by the larger historical, political, and cultural contexts, these discursive texts engage in the processes of struggle against a plethora of oppression: caste, class, religion, patriarchal, sexual, and (neo)colonial. The study looks at the manner in which, through their creative and aesthetic interventions, South Asian film makers enable the articulation of an alternative gendered subjectivity as well as constitute the ground for personal and collective empowerment. Films discussed include Shyam Benegal’s Nishaant, Nandita Das’ Firaaq, Beate Arnestad’s My Daughter the Terrorist, and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane.

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About the Author:

Alka Kurian is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell.

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'Unmistakably, Kurian argues with passion, does not flinch before thorny political issues, stakes out the literature, voices dis/agreements with other critics with clarity and a certainty that leaves no room for doubt...Yet the true strength of the work lies in the creative selection of representative films etching violent postcolonial struggles that draw together Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Even more impressive is how Kurian demonstrates inflections in local politics interlinked with and susceptible to global geopolitical pressure points...No single argument exclusively explains the complex politics behind these struggles, but Kurian does a valiant job in drawing together the layered forces at play in seemingly isolated Southasian political conflict and events.' Jyotika Virdi, Himal Southasian

'What makes Kurian’s work particularly noteworthy is its emphasis on what she calls ‘feminist’ cinema – a cinema committed to recovering and expressing gendered struggle against various modes of oppression along the lines of class, caste, religion, sexuality, imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism and racism. Further, the book’s scope includes not only works from India but also Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as the Indian and Bangladeshi diasporas in the United Kingdom...Written with clarity and vigour, each chapter in this book provides helpful contextual material as well as a varied critical apparatus for the readings of individual films. Moreover, by bringing together such a diverse array of films, the book provides a pedagogically useful overview of the topic. While taking primarily a feminist and cultural studies approach, the book nonetheless suggests new questions that historians of Indian cinema might want to further investigate from a film studies perspective.' Sangita Gopal, South Asian History and Culture

 

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