Dwyer on Indian Cinema

I thought I'd pass along information on an upcoming talk here at Temple:

Rachel Dwyer, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
"Screen Goddesses: Female Dieties in Indian Cinema"

Thursday, April 12, 4-6PM
Russell Weigley Room, 914 Gladfelter Hall
Temple Univerisity

Dr. Dwyer’s talk will examine depictions of goddesses in Indian cinema, seeking to explain the relative lack of popularity of the Devi in comparison to Sita. She will look at mythological films, where the goddess appears as one of the film’s characters, and at the social genre, where an image of the goddess is efficacious. She will also discuss films that refer to mythological stories of the goddesses to draw comparisons with human characters.

Rachel Dwyer teaches courses in Indian literature and cinema, as well as the Gujarati and Sanskrit languages at SOAS in London. Her main research interest is in Hindi cinema where she has published on film magazines and popular fiction; consumerism and the new middle classes; love and eroticism; visual culture; and religion and secularism.

Presented by the New India Seminar at Temple

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