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Published: 02 November 2015

248 Pages | 3 illus.

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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 twentieth-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 to show how a series of early films shaped views of the nation, encouraged sociopolitical reform, and educated the populace