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'Bad' Women of Bombay Films

Studies in Desire and Anxiety

Editors: Sengupta, Saswati, Roy, Shampa, Purkayastha, Sharmila (Eds.)

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  • ​Details the history of desire and anxiety underlying the cinematic representation of the modern "Indian" woman
  • Interrogates the ideological representation of women in cinema—the changing images as well as the enduring prototypes—and their relationship with social and material histories
  • Examines the politics of female desire/s from the 1930s till the present times—both, through in-depth analyses of single films and the tracing of typologies in multiple films
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This book presents a feminist mapping of the articulation and suppression of female desire in Hindi films, which comprise one of modern India’s most popular cultural narratives. It explores the lineament of evil and the corresponding closure of chastisement or domesticity that appear as necessary conditions for the representation of subversive female desire. The term ‘bad’ is used heuristically, and not as a moral or essential category, to examine some of the iconic disruptive women of Hindi cinema and to uncover the nexus between patriarchy and other hierarchies, such as class, caste and religion in these representations.  
The twenty-one essays examine the politics of female desire/s from the 1930s to the present day - both through in-depth analyses of single films and by tracing the typologies in multiple films. The essays are divided into five sections indicating the various gendered desires and rebellions that patriarchal society seeks to police, silence and domesticate.  

About the authors

Saswati Sengupta, Shampa Roy and Sharmila Purkayastha are Associate Professors of English at Miranda House, Delhi University, who explore the social and material relations in cultural narratives. As part of the Miranda House collective they have engaged with a classical Sanskrit text (Revisiting Abhijñānaśākuntalam, Sengupta and Tandon ed., 2012) and a modern Indian novel (Towards Freedom: Critical Essays on Rabindranath Tagore’s Home and the World, Sengupta, Roy and Purkayastha ed., 2007) before turning to the 'Bad' Women of Bombay Films.
Outside their collective endeavour, Saswati has contributed to Goddesses:The Oxford History of Hinduism(2018), and her novel, The Song Seekers (2011), was long listed for the DSC award for South Asian Literature. Shampa has published In Zenanas and Beyond (2011) and Gender and Criminality in Bangla Crime Narratives (2017). She also translates early Bangla crime narratives into English. Sharmila is currently working on women’s prison writings of the 1970s in India and in Latin America. 

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • Introduction: Breaking Bad

    Pages 1-24

    Sengupta, Saswati (et al.)

  • Desire, Deviancy and Defiance in Bombay Cinema (1930s–1950s)

    Pages 27-44

    Bhaskar, Ira

  • “haan, haan mein alaida hoon!” (Yes, Yes I Am Different!): The Disorderly Bibi in Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam (1962)

    Pages 45-62

    Roy, Shampa (et al.)

  • The Goddess of Mean Things: The Mother-in-Law in Hindi Films

    Pages 63-71

    Pande, Mrinal

  • “ek admi tha, usne shadi karli...” (There Was a Man, Who Got Married...): Female Agency and Domestication in Omkara (2006)

    Pages 73-90

    Yadav, Anjali (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
'Bad' Women of Bombay Films
Book Subtitle
Studies in Desire and Anxiety
Editors
  • Saswati Sengupta
  • Shampa Roy
  • Sharmila Purkayastha
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26788-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26788-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26787-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-26790-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 381
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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