File spoon-archives/postcolonial.archive/postcolonial_2004/postcolonial.0402, message 8


Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 11:39:16 +0000
Subject: Re: Bollywood and Beyond


Hello,

The essay is in Hall, Stuart 'Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies.' Routledge, New York, 1996  p465,

regards,

Yvonne.

Jaspal Singh wrote:

> Where can I find a copy of Hall's essay--"What's is this 'black' in Black Popular Culture?-- that you mentioned?  Thanks,
>
> Jaspal
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> >From: James Procter
> >Reply-To: postcolonial-AT-lists.village.Virginia.EDU >To: "'postcolonial-AT-lists.village.Virginia.EDU'"
> >Subject: RE: Bollywood and Beyond >Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 16:23:28 -0000 > >Dear Mita Banerjee > >I'm very interested in giving a paper as part of your thematic session. It >fits uncannily with some of my most recent research and I would like to >propose the following paper: > > >'What is this popular ...?': recent British Asian cinema from Bhaji on the >Beach to Bend it Like Beckham' >The mainstream commercial success of novels such as Monica Ali's Brick Lane, >television shows such as Goodness, Gracious Me!, bands like Cornershop and >films such as Bend it Like Beckham suggest that British Asian culture has >never been so valued, or so 'popular'. However, in his essay 'What is this >'black' in Black Popular Culture?' (1992), Stuart Hall suggests "there is >always a price of incorporation to be paid when the cutting edge of >difference and transgression is blunted into spectacularization". Exploring >a variety of recent British Asian films, including Bhaji on the Beach >(19
>  93), East is East (2000), Bend it Like Beckham (2002) and Anita and Me >(2002), this paper seeks to update and critically develop Hall's (Gramscian) >notion of the 'popular' as a site of ongoing struggle within the context of >the conference's main themes. > > > >I'd be very grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible if you're >interested so that I can bid for funding from my department. > >Best wishes > >James > >Dr James Procter >Dept of English Studies >University of Stirling >Stirling >Scotland >FK9 4LA > > ---------- > > From: Mita Banerjee > > Reply To: postcolonial-AT-lists.village.Virginia.EDU > > Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 6:25 PM > > To: postcolonial-AT-lists.village
> .Virginia.EDU > > Subject: CFP: Bollywood and Beyond > > > > > > CALL FOR PAPERS for the thematic section: > > > > "BOLLYWOOD AND BEYOND" > > > > EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 31, 2004 > > > > We would like to invite paper proposals for the > > following thematic section at the 2004 Annual > > Conference of the Association for the Study of the New > > Literatures in English(ASNEL/GNEL) on "Transcultural > > English Studies" which is to take place in Frankfurt, > > Germany, from May 19-24, 2004. > > > > > > "Bollywood and Beyond" > > > > As narratives as diverse as British theater and > > Peugeot commercials attest, the West has Bollywood on > > its mind. Yet what is at stake in this hype for a > > genre which is already fundamentally hybrid, which is > > already ^”tainted^‘ by the West before it is ^”exported^‘ > > to London? Crucially, Bollywood's success seems at > > first to run counter to what Graham Huggan has called > > ^”the postcolonial exotic^‘, the Western search for >
>   > something Other than itself. To locate this Otherness > > in a hybrid cultural formation ^÷ an Indianness staged, > > literally, against the background of the Swiss alps ^÷ > > seems at first to be counterintuitive. It is this > > counterintuitivity which this thematic section sets > > out to square: Just how is Bollywood defined in its > > Western reception? Is Bollywood coterminous with a > > certain ^”mainstreaming^‘ of Indian identity in the > > West? > > > > This thematic section thus sets out to contextualize > > Bollywood in a number of mutually constitutive ways. > > It wants to address a continuity of various Indian > > diasporic discourses. As ^”India^‘ has become hip, this > > sudden attention seems to open up a space for Indian > > diasporic cinema as a whole. This space, t
> hen, can be > > appropriated by filmmakers themselves who at the same > > time benefit from the sudden inclusion and resist it. > > How do these films signify on the genre of Bollywood > > cinema on the one hand and nationally specific > > British, US American, or Canadian imaginaries on the > > other? Films such as Deepa Mehta's "Bollywood / > > Hollywood", Gurinder Chadha's "Bhaji on the Beach" or > > Srinivas Krishna's "Masala" has explicitly dramatize > > this intersection in a highly ironic fashion: In > > "Bollywood / Hollywood," the synthesis between > > Hollywood and Bollywood is mapped onto the city space > > of Toronto as the marginal space of Canada signifies > > on differently located centralities. Attesting to > > cultural connections between minority communities, > > Mira Nair's film "Mississippi Masala" points to the > > interconnectedness of Indian American and African > > American histories. > > > > At the same time, the panel seeks to provide a forum > > for
>   discussion between South Asian diasporic > > filmmakers and critics. By contextualizing Bollywood > > and South Asian diasporic expression, this panel wants > > to point to the ways in which a ^”diasporic discourse^‘ > > which is by definition ^”transnational^‘ intersects with > > nationally specific discourses of reception and/or > > redefinition. What is needed, this panel proposes, is > > a dialogue between, for instance, Black British/Indian > > British, Indian American, and Indian filmmakers and > > critics. The German location of the ASNEL conference > > on ^”Transcultural English Studies^‘ is thus also woven > > into the agenda of the thematic section on ^”Bollywood > > and Beyond^‘. In what way is there a specifically > > European narrative of the "Indo chic" of whose allure > > Bollywood as well as the success of Indian diasporic &
> gt; > film may be one manifestation? In this vein, we seek > > to include German-Indian filmmakers such as Sadashivam > > Rao in the debate. At the same time, however, European > > minority communities have pointed to ways in which > > their articulation of their own identity and minority > > status is shaped by an American minority discourse. In > > this sense, a dialogue between European and US > > contexts seems essential. > > > > Section organizers: > > > > Mita Banerjee (Mainz) > > Jigna Desai (St. Paul) > > Christine Vogt-William (Frankfurt) > > > > For more information please contact: > > Mita Banerjee > > > > > > > > > > __________________________________ > > Do you Yahoo!? > > Protect your identity with Yahoo! Mail AddressGuard > > http://antispam.yahoo.com/whatsnewfree > > > > > > --- from list postcolonial-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu --- > > > > > >-- >The University of Stirling is a university established in Scotland by >charter at Stirling, FK9 4LA. Privileged/Con
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