CMS 320 C: Cinema And Nation

Bollywood, Hollywood and Beyond

Meeting Time: 
MW 11:30am - 1:20pm
Location: 
PAA A110
SLN: 
12665
Instructor:
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Sudhir Mahadevan

Syllabus Description:

Bollywood, Hollywood and Beyond

This course studies popular Indian cinema through a transnational lens. We engage with this cinema's many encounters, influences and travels with cultures and locations beyond India. Bollywood has had tremendous appeal with South Asians residing abroad. It also has a long history of popularity and circulation in the former Soviet Union, Turkey, China, even Nigeria. It has a complex relationship to Hollywood and to U.S pop culture, provoking questions about piracy and globalization. Meanwhile, Indian cinema has also been influenced by Italian neo-realism, the Spaghetti Western, 1980s Disco music, and the radical cinematic manifestos of Latin America. This course will take up a series of examples that crystallize Indian cinema's relation to the cultural universe beyond India and ask: how is Indian cinema, Indian?

Course work for this course will be a combination of quizzes, and short essays based on given prompts and a longer term end paper.  Students will be required to watch at least two movies each week.  Readings will be available on Canvas as pdf files, and where possible, links to movies will be supplied. Students are responsible for watching weekly movies ahead of each week's lecture/discussion sessions.  There is no textbook for this course.

Additional Details:

This course studies popular Indian cinema through a transnational lens. We engage with this cinema's many encounters, influences and travels with cultures and locations beyond India. Bollywood has had tremendous appeal with South Asians residing abroad. It also has a long history of popularity and circulation in the former Soviet Union, Turkey, China, even Nigeria. It has a complex relationship to Hollywood and to U.S pop culture, provoking questions about piracy and globalization. Meanwhile, Indian cinema has also been influenced by Italian neo-realism, the Spaghetti Western, 1980s Disco music, and the radical cinematic manifestos of Latin America. This course will take up a series of examples that crystallize Indian cinema's relation to the cultural universe beyond India and ask: how is Indian cinema, Indian?

Course work for this course will be a combination of quizzes, and short essays based on given prompts and a longer term end paper.  Students will be required to watch at least two movies each week.  Readings will be available on Canvas as pdf files, and where possible, links to movies will be supplied. Students are responsible for watching weekly movies ahead of each week's lecture/discussion sessions.  There is no textbook for this course.

Catalog Description: 
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 9:03pm