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Cinema India: South Asia's Past on Film

HIST 123
Fall 2017
Section: 01  
Certificates: South Asia Studies

This first year seminar course examines the relationship of film and history in India. We will focus on the way filmmakers represent the past and, alternatively, how films inform historical memory--particularly 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, especially films produced by the Bombay/Mumbai ("Bollywood") film industry since the 1950s. However we will also include the rise of "parallel" or "art" film. There will be one evening screening (Tuesdays) and two morning class sessions per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Films will range from classics like "Mughal-e Azam" and "Amar, Akbar, Anthony," to lesser-known works such as "Umraon Jaan," "Sangharsh," "Shatranj ke Khiladi," "Legend of Bhagat Singh," and "Rang de Basanti," to more recent blockbusters such as "Lagaan," "Hey Ram," "Jodhaa Akbar," "Bajirao Mastani," and "Rangoon."
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on NOV-20-2017
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