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Stacy Lienemann <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 18 May 2007 12:42:37 -0500
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Dear ListServ Administrator:

Please post this to Screen-L.  Also, please let me know if you'd like to
review the book for your listserv. Thanks!

Best wishes,
Stacy Lienemann
Direct Response and Scholarly Promotions Manager
University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520

The urban experience in India through the lens of popular Bombay cinema.

BOMBAY CINEMA: An Archive of the City
Ranjani Mazumdar
University of Minnesota Press | 312 pages | 2007
ISBN 978-0-8166-4941-9 | hardcover | $67.50
ISBN 978-0-8166-4942-6 | paperback | $22.50

Cinema is not only a major industry in India, it is a powerful cultural
force. In Bombay Cinema, Ranjani Mazumdar takes a multidisciplinary approach
to understanding Bombay cinema as the unofficial archive of the city in
India. In this analysis, Mazumdar reveals a complex postnationalist world,
convulsed by the social crisis of the 1970s and transformed by the
experience of globalization in the 1990s.

³Bombay Cinema is an inspired account of Hindi films as a rich and textured
archive of modern urban life in India. Challenging the nationalist
idealization of the village, its ingenious portrayal of the cinematic city
conclusively shows that urban modernity stands at the center of the Indian
postcolonial experience. A true gem.² ‹Gyan Prakash

³Investigating urban types‹angry young men, dangerous psychotics, street
loafers, prostitutes, yuppies, and gangsters‹Ranjani Mazumdar shows how
recent Indian cinema provided an archive of urban spaces and of the trauma
of a deep social disillusionment. From claustrophobic alleyways and slum
dwellings to the Œpanoramic¹ apartments whose vast interior sets shelter
middle-class families from encounters with the chaos of the street, Mazumdar
describes an urban space imploding under the pressure of globalization and
new technology. She has produced an important work not only on Indian cinema
but also on the cinematic city.² ‹Tom Gunning

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book¹s

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