India Uncovered - Representations in Film and Fiction (EAS3177)

30 credits

Indian cinema and the Indian English novel both have developed distinctive narrative and aesthetic styles drawn from a wide range of South Asian, Middle Eastern and Western source materials. Though following different trajectories, increasingly these forms of artistic expression have cross-fertilised each other. This module will examine these processes by focusing on the way in which filmic and fictional texts articulate the legacy of India’s colonial past, its postcolonial modernity and present, and diasporic realities. The module centres on comparative explorations of Indian popular cinema, Bollywood and the Indian English novel, but it also considers other genres, including short stories, British Asian and South Asian art house cinema.