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Outside the Lettered City – Cinema, Modernity, and the Public Sphere in Late Colonial India - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Outside the Lettered City: Cinema, Modernity, and the Public Sphere in Late Colonial India

Manishita Dass


This book traces how middle-class Indians responded to the rise of the cinema as a popular form of mass entertainment in early twentieth-century India. It draws on archival research to uncover aspirations and anxieties about the new medium, which opened up tantalizing possibilities for nationalist mobilization on the one hand and troubling challenges to the cultural authority of Indian elites on the other. Using case studies drawn from the film cultures of Bombay and Calcutta, it demonstrates how discourses about the cinematic public dovetailed into discourses about a national public, giving r ... More

Keywords: cinema, colonial modernity, public sphere, middle classes, India

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199394388
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manishita Dass, author
Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London

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