Beyond Bollywood: The Cultural Politics of South Asian by Jigna Desai

By Jigna Desai

Past Bollywood is the 1st entire examine the emergence, improvement, and importance of latest South Asian diasporic cinema. From a feminist and queer viewpoint, Jigna Desai explores the hybrid cinema of the ''Brown Atlantic'' via a detailed examine motion pictures in English from and approximately South Asian diasporas within the usa, Canada, and Britain, together with such well known motion pictures as My appealing Laundrette, fireplace, Monsoon marriage ceremony, and Bend it Like Beckham.

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I also examine the gendered and sexualized logics of transnationality at work within these films. In the conclusion, I probe the recent developments in South Asian diasporic cinema and comment on the divergent directions emerging in the various parts of the Brown Atlantic and the homelands. In the main portion of the chapter, I focus on Nair’s (2002) Monsoon Wedding to understand better the economic, cultural, and political implications of its international popularity. I also tie the increasing popularity of cross-cultural wedding films to particular deployments of feminist sexual agency.

Amy Brandzel expands the possibilities of employing intersectionality in her work by strongly emphasizing its basis in critical race and feminist theories. She suggests that as a method it can be deployed to emphasize the material impact of subordination, a critique of neutrality based claims and awareness of how privileges and subordinations are furthered by them, an awareness and attention towards discursive productions of categories from seemingly neutral discourses, and an ability to see experience not as the only source of knowledge, but as a critical source of particular types of knowledge that can serve as sources of critique.

Sau-ling Wong’s (1995) essay “Denationalization Reconsidered” asserts that a diasporic project lacks local commitment. She outlines the dangers of defining a SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORAS AND TRANSNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES • 23 shift to a diasporic perspective as the most advanced phase in the development of Asian-American studies based on the completion of the cultural nationalist project. She objects to projecting diaspora as a teleological consequence of the cultural nationalist project by signaling the end of racism and the celebration of boundary crossing.

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