Beyond Bollywood: The Cultural Politics of South Asian Diasporic Film

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 280 pages
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Beyond Bollywood is the first comprehensive look at the emergence, development, and significance of contemporary South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer perspective, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the "Brown Atlantic" through a close look at films in English from and about South Asian diasporas in the United States, Canada, and Britain, including such popular films as My Beautiful Laundrette, Fire, Monsoon Wedding, and Bend it Like Beckham.
  

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Contents

Between Hollywood and Bollywood
35
Diaspora
71
Reimagining Diaspora Homeland
101
Embodied
133
Queering Postcoloniality
159
The Sexual and Gender Politics
193
Migrant Brides Feminist Films
211
Notes
231
Bibliography
251
Filmography
265
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Jigna Desai is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis.

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