- Code ASIA6176
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
Political battles over the soul of modern India are fought, in part, through the imagination. This course explores India's vibrant modern traditions of Bollywood film, new fiction, and emerging creative industries to understand changing visions of the world's largest democracy. Film, writing, and new media reveal a space where right-wing Hindu activism meets global neoliberal norms, where "new women" and "angry young men" critique longstanding social roles and gender inequalities, and where India defines a place for itself as a rising force in a globalising world. As the course explores how the Indian state has mobilized culture as part of its bid to become a global power, it investigates how battles fought through and over the imagination reveal underlying anxieties and aspirations for the economic and political future of India.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to critique historical and current events and developments that have shaped relationships between culture and power in India;
2. Integrate a range of theoretical frameworks to analyse contemporary systems of popular culture and creative industries in India;
3. Evaluate how global events and developments in popular culture and creative industries have affected India;
4. Design independent evidence-based research projects using analytical, practice-based, and/or creative methods.
5. Communicate ideas, both in writing and orally, in forms that justify research methods and theoretical frameworks.
Indicative Assessment1. Seminar Participation with 4 x 500-word blog posts, 40% (LO 1, 2, 3, 5)
2. Critical-Creative Project, 20% (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
3. Research Essay OR Documentary Design (3500 words), 40% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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WorkloadThe total workload for this course is 130 hours, including in class time and independent study.
Prescribed TextsReading materials will be available on Wattle.
Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable
R.K. Narayan, The Ramayana
A.K. Ramanujan, 300 Ramayanas (selections)
Ulka Anjaria, ed, A History of the Indian Novel in English (selections)
Awaara, dir. Raj Kapoor (1951)
Vijay Mishra, Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire (selections)
Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues
Sholay, dir. G.P. Sippy (1975)
Anita Desai, Clear Light of Day
Fire, dir. Deepa Mehta (1996)
Naisargi N. Dave, Queer Activism in India: A Story in the Anthropology of Ethics (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012) (selections).
Ruth Vanita, ed., Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society (New York: Routledge, 2002) (selections).
Shruti Saxena, Stilettos in the Boardroom (New Delhi: Zubaan, 2009).
Sanja Srivastava, Passionate Modernity: Sexuality, Class and Consumption in India (New Delhi: Routledge, 2007) (selections).
Court (2014), dir. Chaitanya Tamhane
Vishwaroopam (2013), dir. Kamal Haasan
So Heddan, So Hoddan (2011), dir. Anajali Monteiro and K.P. Jayashankar
Assumed KnowledgeSome prior study of India and/or cultural studies is desirable, but not required.
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