Kavita Daiya, George Washington U
"Scripting Intimacy: Citizenship, Romance and Violence in Bollywood Cinema and Beyond"
Thursday, November10, 2011, 3-5pm, CHAT Seminar Room, 10th Floor Gladfelter
About the talk: The theme of star-crossed lovers is a popular one in Hindi cinema. In many films that were 'love stories' in the early national period, the conflict in the protagonists' romance turned on class, caste, or location. Post-1990, many popular Hindi films depict romance as entangled with patriotism. Traversing genres-- from period films to urban melodrama, they present stories about Indian coupledom that are also stories about ethnic identity and the nation. What do we make of these popular representations of love and longing in modern India, some inter-ethnic, some doomed, and others not? Engaging these representations with other media accounts of inter-ethnic relationships in the public sphere, this talk explores the role of love in the cultural politics over secularism and nationalism in India today.
About the speaker: Kavita Daiya is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University where she is also on the executive committee of the Women’s Studies Program. Her research and teaching include Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Transnational Feminism, South Asian American Literature, Bollywood Cinema, Visual Culture, Race and Diaspora. Engaging the field of feminist postcolonial studies with Asian American studies, her first book Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India (Temple UP 2008) examines the cultural negotiation of ethnic violence and mass migration in South Asian literature and cinema, from the diaspora and the subcontinent. She has also published articles on refugees, citizenship, South African writing, and globalization in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, South Asian Review, Genders, and Alternatives: Global Local Political. She is currently working on a book about refugees, gender and migration in India.