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Visions of Modernity in Colonial India: Cinema, Women, and the City

Manishita Dass

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195338904
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195338904.013.0026

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Visions of Modernity in Colonial India: Cinema, Women, and the City

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This article looks at a new conception of urban space, pivotal to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Indian literatures and the emergent political culture of Indian nationalism, inscribed into the figure of the modern woman in a wide variety of Hindi films of the 1920s and the 1930s. It argues that the trope of the modern woman offers a phantasmic vision of urban identity in a transitional society—a vision which brought together the desire for modernity and fears about the price of modernization.

Keywords: urban space; Indian nationalism; modern woman; 1930s Hindi films; transitional society

Article.  9529 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Film

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