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Bollywood, Postcolonial Transformation, and Modernity

BILL ASHCROFT

in Travels of Bollywood Cinema

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075981
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075981.003.0002
Bollywood, Postcolonial Transformation, and Modernity

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This chapter explores globalization and resistance to globalization from the perspective of postcolonial theory. It argues that resistance to cultural domination occurs through transformation of those influences rather than simple opposition, citing Bollywood as the most powerful example of ‘transformative cultural resistance’ as well as of ‘alternative modernities’. Bollywood can be disengaged from its subordination to Hollywood by viewing it as a transformation of the institution and technology of cinema to create a total, internally consistent entertainment form with new forms of film narrative and visual styles. The chapter contests the idea of the demise of the idea of the nation in the wake of globalization, and proposes the concept of ‘transnation’ or a nation that is deeply rooted in its past and yet crosses borders, with Bollywood as the prime example.

Keywords: globalization; transformative cultural resistance; cultural domination; alternative modernities; transnation; border crossing

Chapter.  7079 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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