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Published: 12 November 2015

248 Pages | 3 halftones


ISBN: 9780199394395

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Outside the Lettered City

Cinema, Modernity, and the Public Sphere in Late Colonial India

Manishita Dass

  • Traces how middle-class Indians responded to the rise of the cinema as a popular form of mass entertainment in early 20th century India
  • Draws from case-studies on the film cultures of Bombay and Kolkata to demonstrate how discourses about the cinematic public dovetailed into discourses about a national public
  • Uses four main examples (the mythological film; the Indian Cinematograph Committee (ICC) Report and interview transcripts; the figure of the "modern woman " and the female star of the 1920s and 1930s; and essays and criticism of elite and middlebrow Bengali film journals) to show how a series of early films shaped views of the nation, encouraged sociopolitical reform, and educated the populace

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