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Bipolar Identity

M.K. Raghavendra

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071587
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071587.001.0001
Bipolar Identity

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The first comprehensive inquiry into the origin and growth of regional language cinema in India, this book traces the development of Kannada cinema from the 1940s to the new millennium. Focusing on the role regional language cinema plays, the book examines the conflict between the ‘region’ and the ‘nation’ in the regional consciousness. It explores how its origin in a princely state under indirect British rule had an impact on the shaping of Kannada cinema, and inquiries into the effect of the linguistic reorganization of the states in the 1950s upon regional identity. Exploring the influence of national developments—from the ascendancy of Indira Gandhi in the 1960s to economic liberalization in the 1990s—on regional identity, the book provides first-time assessments of the Kannada star Rajkumar as a regional icon and the changing meaning of Bangalore city to the Kannada-speaking public.

Keywords: regional language cinema; Indian cinema; Kannada cinema; regional identity; region; nation; Rajkumar; Bangalore

Book.  264 pages. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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The Kannada Nation in Bipolar Identity

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The Distance from Delhi in Bipolar Identity

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Vestiges of Mysore in Bipolar Identity

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Provisional Communities in Bipolar Identity

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The Curse of Bangalore in Bipolar Identity

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Conclusion in Bipolar Identity

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