Beyond Bollywood: the cultural politics of South Asian by Jigna Desai

By Jigna Desai

Past Bollywood is the 1st finished examine the emergence, improvement, and value of up to date South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer point of view, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the "Brown Atlantic" via an in depth examine motion pictures in English from and approximately South Asian diasporas within the usa, Canada, and Britain, together with such renowned motion pictures as My appealing Laundrette, fireplace, Monsoon marriage ceremony, and Bend it Like Beckham.

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More significant, I explore how Masala parodies the nostalgia that is associated with diasporic spectatorship of Bollywood cinema and South Asian cultural production and advocate foregrounding a diasporic spectatorship that is based on the queer cultural politics of camp. Foregrounding the conflicted heterogeneity of South Asian diasporas, I compare and contrast Hindu-normative and Sikh understandings of diasporic affiliation. In chapter 5, “Homesickness and Motion Sickness “I probe the idea of nostalgia further and discuss how it is gendered and embodied in Gurinder Chadha’s (1994) Bhaji on the Beach.

Similarly, this is not to suggest that we are beyond race but that we must further develop transnational-understandings of racialized subjects. Scholars have continually noted the ways in which the expansion of colonialism and capitalism has relied on racializing processes. These scholars suggest that the international components of racialization are hardly new and are linked to national and global class formations as well. In analyzing the Brown Atlantic, this study examines how racializations shift and change and how minor(ity) discourses adapt, negotiate, and sometimes challenge these racial processes at multiple scales.

This project also draws contour lines between those places with similar and linked relations to transnational processes within the circuit of the Brown Atlantic. Employing the metaphor of topography, this project assumes that space bears and reinforces social relations as well as elucidates the intersections of economic, political, social, and cultural processes. This feminist topography will hopefully make visible specific power structures and global processes in various locations, enabling the possibility of creating social change based on clearer understandings of the similar processes and conditions of gendering, racialization, globalization, and postcoloniality in South Asian diasporas.

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