Spring 2019

South Asian Feminist Cinema

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-452  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-322  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-469

Formerly listed as: ASLC-52  |  FAMS-58  |  WAGS-69

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Krupa Shandilya (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 469, ASLC 452 [SA], and FAMS 322) How do we define the word “feminism”? Can the term be used to define cinematic texts outside the Euro-American world? In this course we will study a range of issues that have been integral to feminist theory—the body, domesticity, same sex desire, gendered constructions of the nation, feminist utopias and dystopias—through a range of South Asian cinematic texts. Through our viewings and readings we will consider whether the term “feminist” can be applied to these texts, and we will experiment with new theoretical lenses for exploring these films. Films will range from Satyajit Ray’s classic masterpiece Charulata to Gurinder Chadha’s trendy diasporic film, Bend It Like Beckham. Attendance for screenings on Monday is compulsory.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Shandilya.

If Overenrolled: contact instructor


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2019