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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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Screening Masculine Anxiety

Screening Masculine Anxiety

Men, Women and Violence

(p.123) 5 Screening Masculine Anxiety
Dark Fear, Eerie Cities

Šarūnas Paunksnis

Oxford University Press

The chapter looks at the representation of men in new Hindi cinema, and the rise of masculine anxiety and its critique on screen. It argues that the emergence of neoliberalism brought new cultural codes to India, and one of the key cultural innovations is a shifting gender balance. Hypermasculinity or masculine anxiety emerges as a defensive response to increasing gender equality and signifies the potentiality of patriarchal loss of power. Looking at the problem from the point of view of psychoanalysis and sociology, the chapter unpacks it by looking at another dominant trend in new Hindi cinema, male violence, and among other works, continues the analysis of the films by Anurag Kashyap and offers an alternative reading of his films.

Keywords:   Adler, hypermasculinity, Anurag Kashyap, feminism, gender, patriarchy, gender-based violence

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