Narrative Convention and Form

M.K. Raghavendra

in Seduced by the Familiar

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696547
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080281 | DOI:
Narrative Convention and Form

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This chapter looks into the regarded ‘constant features’ of Indian popular cinema. Here the essential features of popular cinema are identified to understand the transformations in the narrative patterns of popular cinema. This is done in relation to the social transformations that India underwent where the perceived ‘constants’ of the popular media underwent tweaking to cope with the changing social structure of the Indian society. The chapter mainly focuses on the methods employed by Indian popular cinema, in particular the narrative strategies and frameworks employed by these films. The representation of space and time and the narrative logic of both Hollywood and Bollywood films are contrasted to pinpoint the identifying traits that make Indian popular cinema unique.

Keywords: popular cinema; constant features; narrative pattern and framework; narrative strategy and logic; representation of space; representation of time

Chapter.  17501 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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