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Modernity and Male Anxieties in Early Malayalam Cinema

MEENA T. PILLAI

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/9780198075981.003.0010
Modernity and Male Anxieties in Early Malayalam Cinema

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This chapter argues that Malayalam cinema emerging in the 1930s consolidates and enforces the patrifocal ideologies of a society that sought to erase a matrilineal past by imposing a normative, ‘native’ femininity. Early Malayalam cinema provides useful insights into the construction of the Malayali modern, whose logic runs counter to the Indian modern. In contrast to the deification of the mother in Hindi cinema that becomes a metaphor for the nation, Malayalam cinema has been torn between the positive and negative stereotype and preoccupied with the figure of the stepmother.

Keywords: patrifocal ideologies; native femininity; Malayali modern; Indian modern; mother in Hindi cinema; positive and negative stereotype

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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