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Dancing Women: Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Hindi Cinema

Usha Iyer


Dancing Women: Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Hindi Cinema, an ambitious study of two of South Asia’s most popular cultural forms—cinema and dance—historicizes and theorizes the material and cultural production of film dance, a staple attraction of popular Hindi cinema. It explores how the dynamic figurations of the body wrought by cinematic dance forms from the 1930s to the 1990s produce unique constructions of gender, stardom, and spectacle. By charting discursive shifts through figurations of dancer-actresses, their publicly performed movements, private training, and the cinematic an ... More

Keywords: film dance, Indian cinema, Hindi, film, Bollywood, stardom, South Asia, corporeal history, spatial architecture, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190938734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190938734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Usha Iyer, author
Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies, Stanford University