spring 09 syll(1) - Syllabus:Indiancinema:BollywoodandBeyond

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Syllabus: Indian cinema: Bollywood and Beyond Engl 351-500/Film 351 (Advanced Film) Bhattacharya TR 11:30-12:20 ENPH 205 Office: Blocker 210E Email: nbhattac@tamu.edu Office hours: Mon 3-4 pm; Fri: 12:30 – 1:30 pm Course website: http://www-english.tamu.edu/index.php?id=1728 Texts and Readings: Ganti, Tejaswini. Bollywood: a Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema. New York; London: Routledge, 2004. TAMU ebook (online access) Other readings available on course website ( http://www-english.tamu.edu/index.php? id=1728 ) or as otherwise indicated Recommended Additional Reading: Gopal, Sangita and Sujata Moorti, ed. Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. Hansen, Thomas Blom. Wages of Violence: Naming and Identity in Postcolonial Bombay. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001. Neepa Majumdar, “The Embodied Voice: Song Sequences and Stardom in Popular Hindi Cinema,” in Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music , eds. Pamela Robertson Wojcik and Arthur Knight (Durham: Duke UP, 2001): 161-181. Andrew Willis, “Locating Bollywood: Notes on the Hindi Blockbuster, 1975 to the Present,” in Movie Blockbusters , ed. Julian Stringer (London: Routledge, 2003): 255-268. Vasudevan, Ravis S., ed. Making Meaning in Indian Cinema. New Delhi: Oxford University Press India, 2000. Virdi, Jyotika. The Cinematic ImagiNation. Rutgers, 2003. Grade worksheet: Any grade structure or assignment design related concern MUST be raised for discussion and resolution in the FIRST WEEK of classes 85.75 A 64.65 B 64-55 C 54-40 D
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Grades and Assignments: 4 short papers, 15 points each 1 in-class reading-related question, 10 points: You must engage the class with one question related to the reading material AND the film of the week, attempting to bridge as many common points between the two as possible, and directing the attention of the class to the film’s complexities, subtleties, historical associations, thematic and textual references, as well as to analysis of the film’s plot structure, narrative techniques, and star texts. This question should trigger significant critical discussion in the class. 1 final research paper, open topic, 25 points Schedule: January 21. Introductions January 23. Introductions. January 26. Read: “Film Language,” Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen , ed., Film Theory and Criticism , 6 th ed. (New York: Oxford University press, 2004), 1-6; Bazin, Andre, “The Evolution of the Language of Cinema,” Braudy and Cohen, 41-53. IN-CLASS QUESTION: Special Note: Always an analgesic, “Philip’s Fil-ums,” http://www.uiowa.edu/~incinema/ index.html Consult for some fun reading on many of our films. Paper 1: Vision of Social Cohesion, 70s to 90s. Due February 6. Basing
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