Cinema, Emergence, and the Films of Satyajit Ray

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University of California Press, 2010 - Performing Arts - 258 pages
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This is a deeply researched, theoretically sophisticated and organic study. Keya Ganguly's intellectual tour de force in this analysis of the great Indian film maker Satyajit Ray will provide a benchmark for future studies of the subject. Partha Mitter, author of The Triumph of Modernism: Indian Artists and the Avant-Garde 1922-1947
"What distinguishes Ganguly s book from the more fashionable approaches to non-Western cinema is her willingness to assert the importance of European theoryspecifically, writings on film by Eisenstein, Benjamin, Kracauer, Balazs, among othersas a way to elaborate Satyajit Ray s contributions in the larger postwar context of an international New Wave cinema movement. She does this with extraordinary intelligence and finesse, and the result is an illuminating statement on how a cinema that seems nostalgic for a disappearing cultural past can in fact be read, for the first time perhaps, for its intimations of an as-yet unrealized futurity."Rey Chow, author of Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films"
 

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Contents

THE LIGHT OF THE NEW MOON
1
GHARE BAIRE OR THE HOUSEHOLD GODDESS
32
VISUALITY AND THE MODERN IN CHARULATA
63
DOCUMENTING THE DECADENT INCARNATING THE MODERN
92
JALSAGHAR ATTRACTION PERCEPTION
127
MAHANAGAR AND CINEMATIC IMPERFECTION
153
APUR SANSAR AS CRITIQUE
179
LATENESS AND CINEMA
197
Notes
217
Select Bibliography
241
Index
253
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Keya Ganguly is Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota and author of States of Exception: Everyday Life and Postcolonial Identity.

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