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  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21F.011 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Topics in Indian Popular Culture: Spectacle, Masala, and Genre 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Arundhati Banerjee 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21F.011 Topics in Indian Popular Culture: Spectacle, Masala, and Genre



    Fall 2006




    Course Highlights


    This course features an extensive list of readings and sample student papers in the assignments section.


    Course Description


    This course aims to provide an overview of Indian popular culture over the last two decades, through a variety of material such as popular fiction, music, television and Bombay cinema. The class will explore major themes and their representations in relation to current social and political issues. In particular, students will examine the elements of the formulaic "masala movie", music and melodrama, the ideas of nostalgia and incumbent change in youth culture, as well as shifting questions of gender and sexuality in popular fiction. During the course, students will look at some journalistic writing, advertising clips and political cartoons to understand the relation between the popular culture and the social imagery of a nation. This course is taught in English.
     

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