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Dark Fear, Eerie CitiesNew Hindi Cinema in Neoliberal India$
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Šarūnas Paunksnis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199493180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199493180.001.0001

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Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Imagination and the Other

(p.24) 2 Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Dark Fear, Eerie Cities

Šarūnas Paunksnis

Oxford University Press

The chapter looks at the problem of urban centre and the periphery, as well as the production of the Other in neoliberal India and new Hindi cinema. The Other here means one that is outside of the new emergent middle class—it can be a rural otherness, but often—the urban, deprived lower orders of the society. Drawing heavily upon psychoanalysis and the work of Slavoj Žižek, the chapter theorizes the insecurity of the urban middle class and its relationship to its Other, and the urban periphery by taking films NH10 and Highway as key examples.

Keywords:   the Other, middle class, tourism, Žižek, desire, New Delhi

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