Bollywood's new woman : liberalization, liberation and contested bodies

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"Bollywood's New Woman examines Bollywood's construction and presentation of the Indian Woman since the 1990s. The groundbreaking collection illuminates the contexts and contours of this contempora...

"Bollywood's New Woman examines Bollywood's construction and presentation of the Indian Woman since the 1990s. The groundbreaking collection illuminates the contexts and contours of this contemporary figure that has been identified in sociological and historical discourses as the "New Woman." On the one hand, this figure is a variant of the fin de siècle phenomenon of the "New Woman" in the United Kingdom and the United States. In the Indian context, the New Woman is a distinct articulation resulting from the nation's tryst with neoliberal reform, consolidation of the middle class, and the ascendency of aggressive Hindu Right politics. The emergence and popularization of the New Woman trope is intimately tied to Bollywood's countless iterations of this figure. She is as much a creation of the film industry's post-liberalization overhaul - the "Bollywoodization of Hindi cinema" - as she is its prized subject of representation and investigation. Whether it is films from the 1990s such as Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Damini, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or films from the last decade like Cocktail, Tanu Weds Manu, Revolver Rani, and Dear Zindagi, what is obvious in each case is Bollywood's fascination, and endless experimentation, with the many avatars of the New Woman. Sometimes derided as a whittled down remnant of the old filmic "vamp," at other times lauded for her "glocal" mobility and chic capacity to juggle contradictions, the New Woman is an enigmatic figure and Bollywood is consumed by a desire to trace her fate. This edited volume brings together scholarship on the "making of neoliberal India" with research on new trends in the Hindi film industry, locating the cinematic New Woman at the intersections between the two"--Provided by publisher.

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edited by Megha Anwer and Anupama Arora
  • New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [2021]
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  • Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Introduction / Megha Anwer and Anupama Arora -- Part I. Family and Nation -- 1. Mompreneur in the Multiplex: Entrepreneurial Technologies of the "New Woman" Subject in the Age of Neoliberal Globalization / Koel Banerjee and Jigna Desai -- 2. Lethal Acts: Bollywood's New Woman and the Nirbhaya Effect / Sangita Gopal -- 3. Beyond the Couple Form: The Space of the New Woman in Yash Raj Films / Baidurya Chakrabarti -- 4. Mera Saaya: Shadows of the Woman in Bollywood's Cultural Imagination / Aparajita De -- Part II. Body Matters
  • 5. New Womanhood and #LipstickRebellion: Feminist Consciousness in Lipstick under My Burkha / Gohar Siddiqui -- 6. Queering Bollywood: Sexuality of the Disabled Body-A Case Study / Debadatta Chakraborty -- 7. Plus-Size Femininity: The Multiple Figurations of Bhumi Pednekar / Ajay Gehlawat -- 8. The Many Bodies of Vidya Balan: The Dirty Picture, Kahaani, and Tumhari Sulu / Puja Sen -- Part III. Geographies of the New Woman -- 9. Out of India: Educating the New Woman in Queen, English Vinglish, and Badrinath ki Dulhania / Anjali Ram
  • 10. Learning to Love The(ir) World: Using Feminist Spaces and Cosmopolitan Impulses against the Heteropatriarchy in Queen and English Vinglish / Prathim-Maya Dora-Laskey -- 11. Single in the City: The Female Flaneur in Queen / Namrata Rele Sathe -- 12. Glocal Women: Gender, Genre, and Performance in Abhishek Chaubey's Ishqiya and Dedh Ishqiya / Madhavi Biswas -- Part IV. New Media and the New Woman -- 13. All Broken Up and Dancing: Looking at Katrina Kaif in Eight GIFs / Kuhu Tanvir -- 14. Reshaping "Bollywood": Dissident New Media Femininities and Hindi Cinema / Tanushree Ghosh
  • Acknowledgments -- Notes on Contributors -- Index
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