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Visions of Empire and Other Imaginings

Cinema, Ireland and India 1910-1962

by Jeannine Woods (Author)
©2011 Monographs X, 220 Pages
Series: Reimagining Ireland, Volume 21

Summary

This book was shortlisted for the ESSE Junior Scholars book award for Cultural Studies in English, 2012
Since its inception cinema has served as a powerful medium that both articulates and intervenes in visions of identity. The experiences of British colonialism in Ireland and India are marked by many commonalities, not least in terms of colonial and indigenous imaginings of the relationships between colony or former colony and imperial metropolis. Cinematic representations of Ireland and India display several parallels in their expressions and contestations of visions of Empire and national identity. This book offers a critical approach to the study of Ireland’s colonial and postcolonial heritage through a comparative exploration of such filmic visions, yielding insights into the operations of colonial, nationalist and postcolonial discourse.
Drawing on postcolonial and cultural theory and employing Bakhtin’s concept of dialogism, the author engages in close readings of a broad range of metropolitan and indigenous films spanning an approximately fifty-year period, exploring the complex relationships between cinema, colonialism, nationalism and postcolonialism and examining their role in the (re)construction of Irish and Indian identities.

Details

Pages
X, 220
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783035300673
ISBN (Softcover)
9783039119745
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0067-3
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (March)
Keywords
ireland india cinema empire
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. X, 220 pp.

Biographical notes

Jeannine Woods (Author)

Jeannine Woods teaches and lectures on the Irish language and film studies in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include comparative studies of colonialism, postcolonialism and Irish language, literature and film.

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