- Code ASIA2116
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Shameem Black
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate together in the same class.
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:
- Demonstrate an understanding of historical and current events and developments that have shaped relationships between culture and power in India;
- Identify and critique contemporary systems of popular culture and creative industries in India;
- Analyse the global significance of events and developments in popular culture and creative industries that have affected India;
- Communicate ideas, in written and oral form, using a combination of analytical, practice-based, and creative approaches.
- 1. Wattle-based Seminar Preparation (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- 2. Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 3. Group Project (20) [LO 1,2,4]
- 4. Research Essay (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 5. Creative-Critical Project + Reflective Interview (2000 words or equivalent) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload36 contact hours, plus an additional 7 hours per week of time for reading and preparing assessments. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingMulk 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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