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Bibliography on Women, Families, and Gender Roles in Indian Media


Compiled by Ann Grodzins Gold from RISA-L discussions.

Babb, Lawrence A. and Susan S. Wadley, eds. 1995. Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Bhattacharya, Rinki 1985. "Portrayals of Women in Indian Cinema."  In Indian Films Today: An Anthology of Articles on Indian Cinema. New Delhi: Tenth International Film Festival of India.

Chakravarty, Sumita S. 1993. National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema: 1947-1987. Austin: University of Texas Press.  [see chapter on "women and the burden of postcoloniality -- courtesan genre]

Derne, Steve 1995 "Cultural Arenas that Celebrate the Individual" from his Culture in Action, 94-103. Albany: SUNY.

Dickey, Sara. 1995. "Consuming Utopia: Film Watching in Tamil Nadu." In Consuming Modernity, ed. Carol A. Breckenridge, 131-156. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Dissanayake, W. 1993. "The Concepts of evil and social order in Indian melodrama: An evolving dialectic."  In Melodrama and Asian Cinema. Edited by W. Dissanayake, pp. 189-204. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ghadially, Rehana, ed. 1988 Women in Indian Society. New Delhi ; Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage Publications.  [contains 2 essays on films and 1 on television]

Gokulsing, K. Moti, and Wimal Dissanayake. 1998. Indian Popular Cinema: A Narrative of Cultural Change. Staffordshire, England: Trentham Books. See Chapter 5 "Women in Indian Cinema" pp. 75-90.

Gopalan, Lalitha. 1997. "Coitus Interruptus and Love Story in Indian Cinema." In Representing the Body: Gender Issues in Indian Art, ed. Vidya Dehejia, 124-139. Delhi: Kali for Women.

Jacod, Preminda. 1997. "From Co-Star to Deity: Popular Representations of Jayalalitha Jayaram."  In Representing the Body: Gender Issues in Indian Art, ed. Vidya Dehejia, 140-165. Delhi: Kali for Women.

Kumar, K. N. 1995. "Women in Indian Cinema: Marginalised and Exploited."   In Indian Cinema: Ebbs and Tides, pp. 33-51. New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications.

Monteiro, Anjali. 1998. "Official Television and unofficial fabrications of the self: The Spectator as Subject."  In The Secret Politics of Our Desires: Innocence, Culpability and Indian Popular Cinema, ed. Ashis Nandy, pp. 157-207. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Rao, Maithili. 1995. "To Be a Woman."  In Frames of Mind: Reflections on Indian Cinema, ed. by Aruna Vasudev, 241-256. New Delhi: UBS Publishers.

Roy, Parama. 1998. "Figuring Mother India: The Case of Nargis."  In Indian Traffic: Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Sunder Rajan, Rajeswari. 1993. "The Name of the Husband: Testimony and Taboo in the Wife's Discourse."  In Real and Imagined Women: Gender, Culture and Postcolonialism, 83-102. London: Routledge.

Thomas, Rosie 1995. "Melodrama and the Negotiation of Morality in Mainstream Hindi Film."  In Consuming Modernity, ed. Carol A. Breckenridge, 157-182. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Zutshi, Somnath 1993 "Women, Nation and the Outsider in Contemporary Hindi Cinema." In Interrogating Modernity, ed. Tejaswini Niranjana, P. Sudhir, Vivek Dhareshwar. Calcutta : Seagull.


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