Topics in World Cinema: Gender, Sexuality, and Nationhood in Popular Indian Cinema

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

World Cinema: Bollywood

Fall 2020

Taught By: Farrah Qidwai

Section: A

CRN: 3312

Credits: 3

This course introduces the genre of popular Indian films known as Bollywood, with a focus on constructions of gender, sexuality, and national identity in the film narratives. We begin by exploring the Indian cinema of the period immediately preceding the birth of the Indian nation-state. We analyze articulations of gender and sexuality in the colonial context and then trace them discursively through the decades that follow. We treat popular cinema as a social text that illuminates changing ideas about gender roles and sexual behavior in modern India. The course is divided into four historical sections: the colonial period (1930s), the era of Nehru nationalism (1950s), the social justice era (1970s), and the commodity fetish period (2000s).

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:25am 7/2/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/19/2020