Indian Cinema in Context

CWL 207
Close up of Indian actress smiling in black and white

Introduction to Indian mainstream (mainly Bollywood) cinema and its evolution through the last seven decades. Topics to be explored include, but not limited to, the relation between Indian society/culture and its cinematic representations, cinema's resistance to dominant nationalist and patriarchal ideologies, its interactions with the postcolonial nation-state of India, how globalization has changed the industry. All materials in English or with English subtitles, students from all areas and backgrounds are welcome. 

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:

  • Humanities - Lit & Arts
  • Cultural Studies - Non-West